Bumgarner shrugs off allowing three Brewers homers

Bumgarner shrugs off allowing three Brewers homers

PHOENIX -- Madison Bumgarner's initial reaction to yielding three home runs Tuesday in the Giants' 5-4 exhibition victory over the Milwaukee Brewers suggested that he didn't feel too upset.

"There must have been a home run derby I didn't know about," Bumgarner said in a near-monotone, flashing his dry wit.

Bumgarner's springtime scoreless streak ended spectacularly at the 21-inning mark. He blanked Milwauakee for four innings before Khris Davis pummeled a 3-0 pitch almost to the scoreboard in the back of the left-field picnic section with one out in the fifth inning. One inning later, opposing pitcher Wily Peralta and Carlos Gomez added homers.

Bumgarner, the Giants' Opening Night starter next Monday against Arizona, remained confident after his 5 2/3-inning outing.

"I felt pretty good about the way I threw today," he said, adding that he had no complaints about the pitches to Peralta and Gomez. "They got in their counts and hit the ball."

Paradoxical as it may seem, the left-hander also welcomed the end of his shutout streak, since it would have been impossible to maintain once the regular season began. Save the zeros for when it counts, Bumgarner figured.

"I don't want to give up runs, but it's kind of a relief to give up runs there, if that makes any sense," he said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.