Giants ace allows more than two earned runs for first time since April 15
By Justin Wise
SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner looked like his normal self through the first six innings Saturday. He surrendered two hits and allowed just one Phillies player to get into scoring position. He was serviceable at the plate on a night in which his 2015 Silver Slugger bobblehead was handed out at the ballpark, too, drawing a walk and singling in his plate appearances.
But that all unraveled for him in the top of the seventh, an inning in which he gave up three runs, including a two-run home run from Cameron Rupp that gave the Phillies a lead they would never relinquish in their 3-2 win over the Giants at AT&T Park.
Rupp's home run to straightaway center field abruptly concluded Bumgarner's night and also ended the Giants ace's 12-game streak of allowing two earned runs or fewer. The last time he'd given up more was April 15 at Dodger Stadium.
"That obviously didn't go as planned," said Bumgarner, who has taken the loss in back-to-back starts now. "That's just the way it goes. You got to go out there and make pitches, no matter if it's the first, third, fifth, seventh inning."
Bumgarner entered Saturday 7-1 with a 1.25 ERA in his last 11 starts. And for most of the evening, his performance matched those numbers, as he took a no-hitter into the fifth. But the Phillies' Tommy Joseph led off the seventh with a double, and he later scored on an Andres Blanco single up the middle, a ball Bumgarner felt he should've caught.
Enter Rupp, who smashed a 3-2 pitch 433 feet, according to Statcast™, over the center-field fence to give the Phillies the lead an at-bat later.
"Madison's human and he's going to have innings like that," said Giants second baseman Joe Panik, who went 2-for-4 with a run Saturday. "I thought he pitched very well, and sometimes that one inning can get you and tonight it did."
Manager Bruce Bochy echoed Panik's comments.
"They got the big hit there, but you look at his game, that's a pretty good effort he gave us," Bochy said. "He just made a mistake and the guy hit it out in the big part of the park. Madison did his job. We just couldn't tack on."
Bumgarner's final line was 6 1/3 innings with three earned runs, five hits, seven strikeouts and one walk. One big hit has resulted in consecutive losses for the Giants when he starts, though. In Pittsburgh on Monday, Bumgarner received the loss after giving up the only run of the game, a home run off the bat of Erik Kratz.
Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.