Giants fans have taken their campaign to the Internet: They want the Giants to start Madison Bumgarner to start tonight’s Game 7 against the Royals in Kansas City.
But manager Bruce Bochy won’t be swayed. He’s sticking with scheduled starter Tim Hudson, who took the loss in Game 3 even though he allowed just four hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
“I understand that,” Bochy said about the Twitter campaign after Tuesday’s 10-0 loss to the Royals that tied the series. “But (Bumgarner) would be going on two days’ rest. He just threw a complete game. This guy is human. You can’t push him that much. It’s not so much about Madison. Huddy’s our starter. We have all the confidence in the world in him. So when they Tweet you, just tell them that.”
But if Hudson falters, as Jake Peavy did in the second inning Tuesday, Bochy won’t hesitate to use any - make that all - of his pitchers, including Bumgarner, who won the first and fifth games in this series and likely will be the MVP if the Giants win tonight.
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