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Madison Bumgarner still bothered about being pulled before 10th inning

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Madison Bumgarner wearing a hat © Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Bumgarner is such an intense competitor that he was still upset a day later about being pulled from a game earlier than he wanted.

The San Francisco Giants topped the New York Mets 3-2 in 16 innings on Thursday night. Bumgarner started and pitched nine innings for the Giants, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. He had only thrown 94 pitches and wanted to pitch the 10th inning but manager Bruce Bochy wouldn’t allow it.

Both men said after the game that was the case.

Bochy relayed to the media before Friday’s game that Bumgarner stopped by his office a day later about it.

Bumgarner has an old-school competitive attitude and edge to him, which is part of why he’s gotten into it with some young players. That competitiveness is also part of what drives him to greatness.

Another trait of Bumgarner is his loyalty, which is why he has no interest in being traded.

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