Giants keep surging with 5-4 win over Bengals, Bumgarner set to return soon

July 5, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By Jeremy Harness

The Giants have been winning in more ways than one these days.

 They have now won seven of their last eight games, following a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers inside of Comerica Park behind a strong effort by starter Ty Blach.

The lefty went six innings and surrendered three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out a pair to run his record to 6-5.

 The Giants raced out to a 5-0 lead after four innings, but they had to withstand a comeback by the Tigers in seventh inning, which saw Blach get chased from the game. However, Steven Okert, Cory Gearrin, Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson, who got the save by pitching a perfect ninth inning, combined to keep Detroit off the scoreboard.

 And it keeps getting better for the Giants.

 To add to their good fortunes, the Giants will soon get star lefty Madison Bumgarner back in their rotation. The four-time All-Star currently has a target date of next Saturday, July 15, to return to major-league action.

 Bumgarner, who has been out since April after he crashed his dirt bike, an accident that caused a partially torn ligament in his left shoulder as well as a bruised ribcage, made a rehab start in Triple-A Sacramento and threw 62 pitches in the process.

 He has had hiccups en route back to the big club, however. Bumgarner made a start for Single-A San Jose Wednesday and was knocked around by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He gave up nine earned runs on nine hits and only lasted four innings. He also gave up a whopping four home runs to the Class A hitters.

 According to reports, he is scheduled to make another rehab start Monday night against Modesto.



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