Bumgarner, Giants open title defense with win over D-backs

Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – The reigning World Series champion San
Francisco Giants got off to a strong start behind their ace, then they had to
hold on in the latter innings before grabbing a 5-4 win over the Arizona

Madison Bumgarner (1-0), the 2014 NLCS MVP and World Series MVP, allowed one
run on six hits over seven innings.

Bumgarner exited the contest and Arizona proceeded to load the bases in the
eighth inning off relievers Javier Lopez and Jean Machi. Sergio Romo then
entered and gave up a bases-clearing double to Jake Lamb that made it a one-
run game with one out.

Romo struck out Tuffy Gosewisch before putting pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington
on with a walk. Jeremy Affeldt was called upon to work out of trouble and he
got David Peralta to go down on strikes to end the inning.

Santiago Casilla came on in the ninth and secured the win with a 1-2-3 inning,
striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end the game and spoiling Arizona manager
Chip Hale’s debut.

The first three batters of San Francisco’s lineup — Nori Aoki, Joe Panik and
Angel Pagan — combined to go 8-for-14 with four runs scored. Pagan and
Brandon Crawford each knocked in two runs, while Buster Posey added an RBI in
the win.

Mark Trumbo’s RBI triple accounted for Arizona’s other run. Josh Collmenter
(0-1), making his first career start on Opening Day, was charged with the loss
after surrendering five runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings.

The Giants threatened in the first inning, as Panik singled before Pagan
doubled down the right-field line. Collmenter worked out of the early jam,
however, striking out Posey and getting Brandon Belt to fly out to end the

The top of San Francisco’s order came back around in the third and broke open
the scoring with a run on three hits. The Giants may have been able to get
more, but Aoki, who singled with one out, was caught in a rundown after third
base coach Roberto Kelly put up a late stop sign on Panik’s double to right
center. Pagan picked up his newly-appointed coach, though, driving in Panik
with a single to center.

Trumbo tied the game in the home third with his triple off the overhang in
center field that plated Ender Inciarte.

Aoki set the table in the fifth for the visitors, leading off with a lined
single to right. Panik collected his third hit with a single to left, then
Pagan sent a double into right that scored Aoki. Posey chased Panik home with
a sacrifice fly to left in the next at-bat for a 3-1 lead.

Andrew Chafin relieved Collmenter two batters later following a walk to Casey
McGehee, and he immediately served up a two-run double to Crawford.

Game Notes

Former Diamondback and 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson threw out the
ceremonial first pitch … The Giants have won 10 of their last 12 against
Arizona … Bumgarner improved to 7-4 career against the D-backs …
Goldschmidt, who missed the final two months of last season with a broken
left hand, went 0-for-4 with a run scored … Pagan reached base safely in
four of his five at-bats … San Francisco opened the season on the road for
the sixth consecutive year.