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Fulmer eager to face Bumgarner as White Sox conclude series vs. Giants
San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox
- The Giants have won just one series versus the White Sox all-time, their first ever regular-season series played against Chicago (won two of three games at Chicago in June 2003). Since that series, the White Sox are 6-1 in seven games played against San Francisco.
- The Giants snapped their three-game losing streak by winning, 11-3, at Colorado on Wednesday (San Francisco had scored a total of 12 runs over its three-game losing streak). This weekend, the Giants will be looking to snap another losing streak -- they've lost each of their last four series, tied with the Dodgers for the longest active streak.
- The White Sox were swept for the 14th time this season earlier this week (most in MLB), being outscored by Cleveland 30-10 over the four games. It was the second time that Chicago has been swept in a series of at least four games this year after being swept in just two such series total over the previous three seasons combined.
- Jose Abreu has posted a 1.121 OPS in interleague play this season, the highest interleague OPS by a White Sox player in a single season (minimum 50 plate appearances) since Jermaine Dye in 2008 (1.212).
- Matt Moore is 4-13 (.235) on the season, the worst record by a Giants pitcher (minimum 15 decisions) in a season since Mark Davis in 1984 (5-17, .227).
- Rookie Lucas Giolito struck out a career-high 10 batters in his last start on Sunday versus the Rays. On Friday, Giolito will look to become the first AL rookie with double-digit strikeouts in consecutive starts since Masahiro Tanaka in June of 2014.
- Phils add 1B Santana for 3 years, $60M
- Angels land INF Cozart for 3 years, $38M
- Padres acquire SS Galvis from Phillies
- Rose's defamation suit vs. Dowd tossed
- Reliever Rondon, Astros agree to deal
(TSX / STATS) -- CHICAGO -- Carson Fulmer has long admired San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner's pitching.
Now Fulmer has the chance to pitch against the four-time All-Star on Sunday afternoon when the Chicago White Sox face the Giants in their series finale.
Fulmer has been looking forward to the opportunity.
"He's had a ton of success, and there's a reason for that," Fulmer said. "I respect guys who go out there and take care of business. That's how I model myself being competitive, being a good teammate and making sure that I give it everything I have each time I step on to the mound. That's what Bumgarner does."
While Fulmer, 23, is 1-3 with a 9.17 ERA in 11 career appearances, Bumgarner, 28, is 103-74 with a 3.00 ERA over nine career seasons.
"I've watched him a lot growing up, and having the opportunity to pitch against him is something special and something I'll always remember," Fulmer said.
After the Giants took the series opener 9-2 Friday, the White Sox won 13-1 Saturday as Jose Abreu hit for the cycle.
Bumgarner (3-7, 3.15 ERA) is 9-8 with a 3.42 ERA in 22 interleague starts, but he has never faced the White Sox. Since returning from bruised ribs and a sprained left shoulder, Bumgarner is 3-4 with a 3.22 ERA in 10 starts.
In his last start Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bumgarner matched a career high by allowing three home runs. He gave up five runs
overall in six innings.
"I'm obviously disappointed with my part," Bumgarner said after the start. "I didn't give us a chance to win today. I let that game get away from me. I've got to find a way not to do that."
The Giants are 3-11 in his starts this season.
Fulmer (1-1, 10.50) will make his second career start for the rebuilding White Sox (55-86), who are contending with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Giants (56-88) for the worst record in the majors and the 2018 top draft pick.
Fulmer threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief Tuesday against Cleveland and will join fellow right-handers Dylan Covey and Mike Pelfrey along with left-hander David Holmberg in filling in for left-hander Carlos Rodon, who will miss the rest of the season due to shoulder inflammation.
Fulmer has never faced San Francisco. He earned his first career victory Sept. 2 against Tampa Bay when he allowed one run in two
innings of relief.
"I'm feeling really comfortable," Fulmer said about making his second career start. "First time a couple weeks ago was my first start ever, and I know what it's like now. My last couple of outings have been really good. I've been able to command a lot of things. My main goal is to continue to keep things simple and go out there
and make sure that every pitch counts. I'm excited to have the opportunity to help us go out and win a ballgame."
The White Sox lead the all-time series 8-4 against the Giants. Chicago needed one win against San Francisco this weekend to avoid matching its fewest interleague victories in a season since a 4-14 mark in 2007.
Updated September 10, 2017