San Francisco, CA – Another tough night for the Giants, they have dropped five-consecutive games, which stands as their second-longest losing streak of the season. San Francisco was shutout 5-0 by the Pirates who scored majority of their runs in the first inning.
“That first inning was really the story tonight,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “He was out of his normal rhythm and wasn’t hitting his spots.”
Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs in the first giving Pittsburgh an early 4-0 lead. He loaded the bases with two walks and a single with no outs. A sacrifice fly scored in the Pirates first run and Neil Walker’s RBI single extended the lead 2-0.
An error on Bumgarner advanced Andrew McCutchen to third, followed by Russell Martin’s RBI single. Gregory Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to right field, Hunter Pence threw home but a missed error catch by catcher Buster Posey allowing Walker to score making it a 4-0 game.
“I had trouble making pitches for whatever reason,” Bumgarner said. “Usually you play your best ball at home, especially in a park like this one. That’s where you make your money at. It’s really weird. I wish I had an answer for it.”
Bumgarner settled in after striking out Vance Worley to leadoff the second but Josh Harrison took him deep extending Pittsburgh’s lead 5-0. Jordy Mercer followed with a single but good defense by San Francisco forced the next two batters to fly out to end the inning without any more damage.
“His stuff was crisp,” said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. “I love the way he made pitches he needed to make when he did get a baserunner. He had command of all of his pitches and kept up a very good pace.”
Vance Worley didn’t allowed one hit through four innings until Pablo Sandoval broke up his “no-hitter” to leadoff the fifth. The Giants bats stayed quiet another night. Despite Pittsburgh going scoreless for the remainder of the night, they chased Bumgarner off the mound after four innings.
His 42 pitches in the first inning was a career-high, breaking the previous record of 41 set in the 4th inning on April 5, 2011 versus the Padres. The last pitcher to throw 42+ pitches in an inning was Ryan Vogelsong, who threw 44 pitches in the 1st inning against the Rockies on April 21st this season.
“We have to find a way to get the at-bats and start swinging the bats,” Bochy said. “We didn’t do anything.”
The bullpen did a good job of shutting down the Pirates offense but failing to score a run left the Giants baffled. Beginning on June 9th San Francisco has gone just 6-20 in their last 26 home games. They have been shutout 12 times and this is the most in a season since 2011 (14 times).
“We’re going to have to turn it around if we want to be in this,” explained Bumgarner. “You can’t play good just on the road.”