SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Madison Bumgarner is no fan of the twist, a minor flaw in his windup that eventually got worse before it started getting better.
Bumgarner threw two scoreless innings in his first outing since the second game of the World Series, postseason hero Marco Scutaro had two hits and drove in a run and the San Francisco Giants played the White Sox to a 9-9 tie Monday.
Paul Konerko had two hits for the Sox, who played to a tie for the second straight day. Hector Santiago allowed three runs on five hits in his two innings.
Bumgarner walked one, struck out one and allowed two hits in an outing he deemed the first step to continued adjustments.
“I didn’t plan it,” Bumgarner said of his motion. “I just started twisting around until I looked like Hideo Nomo.”
Santiago, who was impressive during four starts in September and October, said he’s not taking anything for granted.
“I came to spring training fighting for a job,” Santiago said. “I’m like everybody else here. Nothing is guaranteed to me.”
Even should there be no room in the starting rotation, Santiago feels comfortable in whatever role he will be assigned.
“I’m pretty wide,” he said. “I can adjust to anything.”
He entered the game just wanting to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters. He walked one and struck out one.
“I threw all my pitches and it felt like I threw everything where I wanted,” said Santiago, who was 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in four starts last year.
Joaquin Arias, Brett Pill and Cole Gillespie each drove in two runs as the Giants took a 9-0 lead after three innings.
The Sox got two back in the sixth and tied the score with a seven-run eighth, highlighted by Seth Loman’s three-run homer.
Notes: Sox RHP Nestor Molina is scheduled to start today against the Rangers. He appeared briefly with Triple-A Charlotte, starting one game. ... Sox LHP Donnie Veal slipped while catching a popped bunt and was in pain afterward. He was removed from the game and walked off under his own power.