San Francisco, CA – The Padres tied the game in the eighth and took advantage of the Giants bullpen in extra innings. Alexi Amarista’s RBI single in the eleventh gave San Diego their first lead of the night. That was all they needed to erase a spectacular performance from Madison Bumgarner.
The Padres 3-2 win over San Francisco was not the start they wanted to kick off the homestand. Bumgarner retired the first 14 batters he faced and recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts. But yielded a two-run double to Will Venable to tie the game 2-2. He out pitched his opponent Odrisamer Despaigne who tossed only five innings.
“That’s the way the game is,” Bumgarner said. “It’s funny sometimes. It’s not ideal for us. Obviously we’d like to be winning games, but we’ve just got to keep going out there and grinding.”
Bumgarner looked sharp on the mound, and after tossing five innings, striking out ten and retiring the first fourteen batters he’s faced. Brandon Crawford made a diving catch in the fifth to save Bumgarner’s no hit bid but Justin Maxwell watched two bloop singles drop in front of him to put two on. While Clint Barnes was batting, Yonder Alonso was caught stealing home to end the threat.
Matt Duffy led off the fifth with a double, advanced to third on Bumgarner’s ground out and scored on Blanco’s bunt single that left Despaigne confused after sliding for the ball unable to throw. Joe Panik followed with a RBI double making it a 2-0 game. Bumgarner surpassed his career-high with 14 strikeouts.
“We got a break there with that little dribbler that the pitcher couldn’t handle,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “We got two runs out of that, but we’ve got to find a way to get this offense clicking.”
By the eighth, San Diego tied the game with a two-run double from Venable and that was the end for Bumgarner. In the same inning the Padres interim manager Pat Murphy was ejected along with Kemp. Alonso led off the frame with a walk, Will Middlebrows hit a double on a fly ball to right field.
Barnes was called out on a check swing and Murphy tried to argue the call and received his first ejection after being on the job just one week. He was ejected by home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth while Kemp kept jawing off at the mouth and got tossed to by first base umpire Manny Gonzalez.
“This is a really big win for us,” Middlebrooks said. “Bumgarner was nasty tonight, he was on. Just grind it out at-bats and find a way to get some baserunners and give ourselves a chance.”
San Francisco got a huge break when Cory Spangenberg reached first on a fielder’s choice and Veneable was out at second. The Padres challenged the call that Venable was safe and the call was overturned. Sergio Romo replaced Javier Lopez and struck out Derek Norris to end the inning.
But Norris double off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland in the eleventh, followed by Justin Upton’s single before Amarista drove in Norris when he singled off the glove of Strickland making it a 3-2 game. San Diego’s reliever Craig Kimbrel struck out Brandon Belt before walking Crawford. He then struck out the next two batters despite Crawford stealing second trying to give the Giants a chance to get back in this game.
“Hard fought game, it’s a tough one to lose,” said Bochy. “Bum threw so well, but we just couldn’t add on.”
Notes – Although he seemed pretty confident he would play tonight, outfielder and leadoff man Nori Aoki was placed on the DL with a broken leg. Aoki suffered the injury over the weekend in Los Angeles when the team played the Dodgers. Starting pitcher Carlos Frias hit him with a pitch in the ankle in the first inning.
“It’s a blow for us, Bochy said. “You hate to see it happen to him.”
Aoki was confident he’d play but was a late scratch after he felt more pain during batting practice. He then had an X-ray that revealed a fracture not seen on the original test. It’s going to be tough replacing Aoki but the Giants have battled through injuries before and always come out on top in the end.
“I was definitely surprised,” Aoki said through an interpreter. “ I came here ready to play. It was really weird that it got really worse at that point.”