Such is the nature of Spring Training, where consistency means infinitely more than results. Bumgarner displayed plenty of the former despite a shortage of the latter, expressing satisfaction with his pitching mechanics.
San Francisco's Opening Night starter and 2014 postseason hero said he felt "really good" and even "great" during his second exhibition outing. He attributed that to "the way my body felt during the delivery. Everything felt together and in time. My command was a lot better. ... It's not like midseason form or nothing, but it's a whole lot closer than it was, though. I feel like we're right on schedule."
Bumgarner believed he improved vastly over his performance against Oakland in last Tuesday's exhibition opener, when he surrendered four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings. He downplayed the pair of runs he allowed to the Padres, who opened the scoring against him on Cory Spangenberg's two-run single.
"Results are not the first thing on my mind now, at least for me anyway," Bumgarner said.
Bumgarner also placed no significance on his rematch with Padres right-hander James Shields. Formerly of the Kansas City Royals, Shields lost to Bumgarner in Games 1 and 5 of last year's World Series.
"It's Spring Training," Bumgarner 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.