Through six innings, Fister and Bumgarner still throwing shutouts

Yes, Madison Bumgarner is taking a shutout into the seventh inning.

So is Doug Fister.

Which is more surprising? Which is more impressive?

Bumgarner hasn't pitched this well since late August. Fister took a line drive off this cranium in the second inning. So, you choose which is more surprising.

As for impressive, Bumgarner's probably got that one locked up so far. He's given up only two hits and one walk, while Fister's given up three hits and one walk. The only real difference is that Bumgarner's got eight strikeouts already, Fister only three. The bottom line, of course, is that both have pitched exceptionally well, which is how Game 2 remains scoreless after six innings.

Postscript: Oh, there's one other huge difference between them. Despite having only three strikeouts, Fister has thrown 107 pitches and clearly won't be in this game much longer. Bumgarner, on the other hand, has somehow thrown only 72 pitches and figures to keep pitching until he gets into trouble or there's an undeniable pinch-hitting situation.

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