San Francisco, CA – One inning got away from him. Madison Bumgarner struck out ten a season-high, this season. But did not come away with the win. The Giants fell 6-2 to the Marlins who lead the series 2-1. After a solid performance Bumgarner’s mistakes in the fourth proved costly when Miami scored three runs.
“That’s way too many pitches for five innings,” said Bumgarner who was up to 99 pitches before his exit. “I’ve got to get my pitches down and find a way to get quicker outs. They might not have been bad pitches, but they were the wrong pitch.”
Bumgarner unraveled when he surrendered a solo home run to Marcell Ozuna to leadoff the inning. He fanned J.T. Realmuto and yielded a RBI double to Jeff Baker scoring in Realmuto. Bumgarner forced Michael Morse to ground out but gave up another RBI double to Adeiny Hechavarria making it a 3-0 game.
“That was a nice win against a great pitcher,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “Ozuna got us started there with a big home run.”
Pitching coach, Dave Righetti came out to the mound to chat with his ace. Bumgarner struck out the next two batters to end the frame and settled down to retire the next three batters. But his night ended early. He tossed five innings, gave up five hits, three runs, two walks, one home run struck out ten.
“He did have good stuff, the strikeouts showed that,” said Giants manger Bruce Bochy. He just made three to four mistakes and they didn’t miss them.”
Tonight was his first loss when striking out at least ten batters in a game, he entered tonight’s outing with a 17-0 record in such contests. Bumgarner did find success in striking out power slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He became the first pitcher since Cincinnati Red’s Mike Leake to strike out Stanton three times in a game.
Justin Maxwell got the Giants offense going with a leadoff double in the fifth. Brandon Crawford followed with a RBI single to get the Giants on the board. Maxwell made a diving catch in the first frame preventing what could’ve been a run scored. His athletic defense ended the inning stranding one runner.
The Marlins added on three more runs in the eighth off Jean Machi. He fanned Stanton to leadoff the inning. Ozuna singled and Realmuto’s sacrifice bunt advanced both runners. Donovan Solano cleared the bases with a two-run double and a overturned call brought in the insurance run extending Miami’s lead 6-1.
A call was overturned keeping the Marlins on base when the umpire ruled Hechavarria safe at first instead of the original call that he grounded out to second baseman Panik to first baseman Brandon Belt. Miami challenged the play and after review, the call was overturned. Hechavarria’s infield single drove in D. Solano with the Marlins sixth run.
Notes – Hunter Pence has been anxious to return to the lineup but first he has to complete a few rehab assignment. After being aggressive with his workouts in batting practice, Pence didn’t disappoint in his debut game with the River Cats in Sacramento. He went 0-for-2 but kept it entertaining when the first fly ball was hit toward him in right field.
Pence raced to make a catch with his cap flying off. The next inning he drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. It’s been almost two months since he fractured his left forearm in Spring Training. Pence has a lot of time to make up and that process begins now with several minor league games to be played before returning to the Giants.
“It’s been a long journey, for sure,” said Pence . “Having an injury that not too many people have had, I didn’t realize the amount of work rehab really is, and how long it was going to be, and how painful. It’s just a long process.”
“It was great,” referring to his first game. “I was really amped and I was pretty excited. I hardly slept the night before, just adrenaline. I had to remind myself, ‘Hey, you’ve played this game before. Calm down.’ But I was really pumped.”