MESA, Ariz. -- Admitting that he concentrated on preparation rather than results, Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings as the reigning World Series champions opened their Cactus League season Tuesday against the A's.
"I'm not wanting to give up hits and runs, but that's not my main concern right now," said Bumgarner, the Most Valuable Player of last year's National League Championship Series and World Series. "If I could go through everything and be feeling good and getting outs, that would be much better. But right now it's about getting ready."
The A's collectively hit for the cycle in the first inning off Bumgarner, who has been named the Giants' starter for their April 6 regular-season opener at Arizona. After Marcus Semien's two-run homer followed Craig Gentry's leadoff single, Ben Zobrist tripled and scored on Billy Butler's sacrifice fly. Nate Freiman added a two-out double but was stranded.
Expected to pitch only one inning, Bumgarner, who shocked observers by working five innings of relief at Kansas City in Game 7 of last year's World Series, returned for the second inning and recorded two quick outs before Gentry singled on a 1-2 curveball. Out came Bumgarner, who still received a warm ovation from the Giants partisans in the Hohokam Park audience.
Overall, Bumgarner rated his performance as "OK." He said, "[The pitches] could obviously have been better. But I'd say it was pretty good for the first day."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy remained unfazed after the left-hander allowed one more run in this outing than he did all last spring.
"A younger Bum would have been upset," Bochy said. "But he knows he's out there to get ready for the season."
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.