SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If there's one thing that anybody can be sure of regarding Madison Bumgarner, it's his impeccable control.
That's why the left-hander's total of four walks in 5 2/3 innings spanning three Cactus League outings appears somewhat unusual. Bumgarner has averaged 2.1 walks per nine innings in his four-year career.
Bumgarner explained after the Giants' 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Indians that after enduring last year's prolonged season, he refrained from throwing off a mound during the offseason, indicating that this might have affected his command.
"Maybe if I'm doing this with a week to go, I'd be getting a little concerned," said Bumgarner, who allowed one run and three hits while walking one in his two-inning stint. "But right now I feel good. I think the command will start coming in and getting a little better"
Bumgarner, San Francisco's No. 2 starter, said that shortening the turn in his pitching delivery is no longer an issue, but holding runners on base is. Ezequiel Carrera stole two bases off Bumgarner in the second inning before scoring.
"I definitely have to get better at that," Bumgarner said.