Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 Miami hitters last night, including Giancarlo Stanton in all three of their match ups. This was the 20th time that MadBum had struck out the opposition at least 10 times in a game – and unfortunately, the first time that he took the loss, as the Giants fell to the Marlins 6-2. In 19 previous 10-strikeout performances, Bumgarner’s record was 17-0, with a 1.15 ERA. He’s now 17-1 in such games.
The difference in this one was a few misplaced pitches in the fateful fourth inning, when the Marlins scored all three of their runs off of MadBum.”He missed his spots a few times, and they took advantage of it,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “Just three or four mistakes there, and they didn’t miss them. You give them credit there.” Bumgarner allowed five hits and walked two, but with the 10 strikeouts came a high pitch count – 99 pitches in just five innings.”I just let the strikeouts come,” said Bumgarner. “I’m not trying to get them unless the situation calls for it. We have to do a better job of getting quicker outs. That’s way too many pitches.” With the loss, MadBum’s record dropped to 3-2 on the year, with his ERA now at 3.30.
The outcome could have been different in this one however, if the offense had come through with runners on base. The Giants continue to amass a decent number of hits each game (10 last night), but struggle hitting with runners in scoring position. Last night, they were just 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Joe Panik doubled in five at bats, driving in one of the Giants’ two runs, but also left five men on base. Casey McGehee followed his grand slam performance the night before by going 0 for 4 and striking out three times. The only offensive highlights were Angel Pagan knocking two base hits in five at bats and Brandon Crawford going 2 for 4 with a RBI. Brandon Belt, who came into the game hitting .400 over his past 10 games and had doubled in six consecutive games, failed to get a hit, going 0 for 3 with a walk. All three pinch hitters reached base for the Giants, with Hector Sanchez doubling, Matt Duffy singling, and Gregor Blanco drawing a walk. But all was for naught in this one, as the Giants failed to score at least three runs for the 13th time in 31 games. For the season, the G-men are now averaging just 3.16 runs per game, 28th in the league. With 98 runs scored, only the Whitesox and Phillies have scored fewer runs. To put this in perspective, the first place Dodgers have 19 fewer hits than the Giants, but have scored 47 more runs. Conversely, the Giants’ team ERA is 3.68 for the season, currently ranking them 10th in the league. This ERA isn’t far off of their World Championship seasons of 2010, 2012, and 2014 (3.36, 3.68, and 3.50). Clearly, the offense needs to step up if the Giants are going to contend in 2015.
The Giants can still split the series with a victory today against the Marlins, and in doing so will even their record at 16-16 and finish the homestead at 7-3. Ryan Vogelsong will oppose Mat Latos in the finale this afternoon. Vogey has a 1.38 ERA in his last two starts at AT & T Park, and overall is 1-2 with a 6.84 ERA on the season. Latos brings a 1-3 record and 5.60 ERA into the game, but is 2-2 with a 1.67 ERA in six starts in San Francisco.