Madison Bumgarner was a legitimate MVP candidate this season -- some might even call him not making the game "a snub." But he's been pretty spotty in the second half of the year, with a 5.47 ERA in September. His arm slot has dropped, and he's looked tired.
After opening the game with a 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout of Joey Votto, Bumgarner started to regress. He allowed a solo homer in the second, and in the fourth, he gave up three runs.
Joey Votto grounded a single up the middle, which was followed by a solid line-drive single by Ryan Ludwick into center. After Jay Bruce popped out, Scott Rolen fisted a bloop over the second baseman. Hunter Pence threw over the cutoff man, allowing the runners to move up. That was followed by a Ryan Hanigan groundball just under Marco Scutaro's glove, scoring two.
Bumgarner got a groundball from Drew Stubbs for a force out, and Bronson Arroyo popped out to end the inning.