Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner pumped strikes, recorded strikeouts and threw deep in a game Saturday night. He then followed his vintage performance on the mound with some post-match branding comments.
Annoyed by the way Victor Robles enjoyed his solo home run in the eighth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 7-2 win, Bumgarner took aim at the Washington Nationals outfielder during his session with reporters.
“Guy is a clown,” Bumgarner said. “Damn, no shame. No shame.”
With the Diamondbacks up 7-1 in the eighth, Robles threw a Bumgarner cutter 413 feet from left field, then took his time before starting his trot around the bases, avoiding getting out of the batter’s box.
“Like, it’s 7-1, you hit your third homer of the year and act like record-breaking Barry Bonds,” Bumgarner continued. “Clean that up. I don’t care if I give up the race. Hell, we won 7-2, 8-2, whatever. It’s frustrating. I’m the grumpy old man, I know, but that kind of stuff , it didn’t happen before. It’s ridiculous.”
Bumgarner hasn’t made many such comments since joining the Diamondbacks in 2020, but he was known for them during his time with the San Francisco Giants, including having run-ins with Yasiel Puig and Max. Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For his part, Robles didn’t seem to take much notice of Bumgarner’s remarks. While acknowledging what Bumgarner has accomplished in his career, he mostly seemed to ignore it.
“When he throws well, he’s able to celebrate and do what he loves to do,” Robles said through interpreter Octavio Martinez. “Looks like he’s calling everyone a clown who has a big hit or a home run against him. If he doesn’t want somebody to hit a home run against him or have trouble with it, then keep going. to eliminate people or make better throws where he doesn’t have to worry about it.
For the second day in a row, pretty much everything went well for the Diamondbacks, who beat the Nationals, baseball’s worst team. Bumgarner was efficient and successful, going eight innings for only the second time in his tenure with the Diamondbacks while allowing just two runs on four hits. He took out nine.
Manager Torey Lovullo kind of hinted that he believed a performance like this came from Bumgarner. Two starts prior, Lovullo went so far as to call a three-inning stretch from the veteran southpaw the best he’s seen from him in the past three years; that is saying something given that Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against the Braves last season.
“Today was probably the most consistent day I’ve seen,” Lovullo said. “He was just beating the zone with three throws and it looked like he could work that arm side advantage as often as he wanted.”
Said Kelly: “Over the last two starts, you’ve seen him gain momentum. The speed is up and I think things are getting better and better and a bit sharper. You can see the confidence he has when he comes out there.
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Bumgarner thought his business on his final start before the all-star break was as good as it had been in years; he hit 95 mph that day but did not perform well, giving up five runs (four earned) in five innings. Comparatively, he thought his stuff was just average on Saturday but his drive was good and his secondary throws were doing what he wanted them to do.
Bumgarner held Nationals star Juan Soto in check by attacking him only with fastballs, flying him to center on his first at bat before pulling him out on his next two trips to home plate. He called his pitch selection the result of being “stubborn”. He threw three fastballs at him in the first inning, four in the third and three more in the sixth.
“We just tackled it, then I got stupid with it and kept going until it didn’t work,” Bumgarner said. “But it worked tonight. I know that’s obviously not the approach to take against a player like that, but tonight it was.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Madison Bumgarner rips Nationals’ Victor Robles for admiring home run