Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.09) has more than earned his keep during his past two starts, both losses.
MadBum has allowed just three runs over his last 16 innings, but the G-men were shut out in both games as the Giants’ offense has had a reversal of fortune the past six games, scoring just nine runs, while losing five of six.
Bumgarner had everything working for him in this one – everything except the opposing pitcher, Felix Hernandez (10-3, 3.08). MadBum allowed just four hits over eight innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts, while giving up two runs. “It was one of those days when everything was there,” Bumgarner said.
Hernandez also gave up just four hits over eight innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. The difference was that Hernandez was able to hold the Giants scoreless as they were only able to get two runners into scoring position the entire game, leaving seven runners on base overall.
Matt Duffy was the only Giant to knock two hits, as they were able to only manage four singles for the evening. “I just love the way he puts his nose in there and fights you every pitch,” Bochy said.
MadBum looked nearly unhittable until the fateful sixth inning when Austin Jackson “tripled” on a fly to deep right center field that Angel Pagan frankly should have caught. “I gave it my best effort and I missed it,” Pagan said. “I should have caught it.”
If Pagan had caught the ball, manager Bruce Bochy thought that they had a good chance of doubling Mike Zunino off of first base to end the inning, which would have preserved the scoreless game. Instead, Zunino scampered home with the game’s first run. “When you’re in a tight game like that and you make a mistake, it’s probably going to hurt you,” Boch suggested.
With the loss, the Giants remained 2 1/2 games behind the Dodgers who have lost three straight. The G-men visit L.A. on Friday to start an important three game series.
But first, one more game at Safeco Field tonight against the Mariners as Ryan Vogelsong (4-5, 4.81) faces rookie Mike Montgomery (1-1, 1.89). With Jake Peavy and Matt Cain due to end their rehab stints soon and rejoin the team, it will be critical for Vogey to pitch well tonight to maintain any chance of remaining in the starting rotation.
- Hernandez became the American League’s first 10 game winner with the victory
- The suddenly hard luck MadBum could also be in the double digit win column with more run support this year
- Gregor Blanco completed his post-concussion checklist yesterday and is expected to be activated soon