Bumgarner, Offense Struggle as Giants Fall to Pirates
The anemic Giants offense was stifled once again, this time by Pittsburgh’s Vance Worley, as he threw a complete-game shutout to beat San Francisco 5-0.
After going eight shutout innings in his last start, and enduring an hour-long rain delay, Madison Bumgarner struggled right out of the gate on Monday night. Josh Harrison walked, Jordy Mercer singled, and Andrew McCutchen walked before Gaby Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly to center. Neil Walker delivered an RBI single to make it 2-0. Bumgarner had McCutchen picked off, but his poor throw to second allowed the reigning National League MVP to go to third before Russell Martin knocked a single to center. Gregory Polanco’s sacrifice fly to right made it 4-0 before the Giants even had a chance to bat.
Josh Harrison’s one-out solo home run in the second made it 5-0, and the five earned runs allowed by Bumgarner tied his second-highest total of the season.
All in all, the San Francisco left hander needed 90 pitches to get through four innings, matching his shortest outing of the year. He gave up six hits, two walks, and had two strike outs.
It was too much of a deficit for the Giants to overcome against Worley, who threw the first complete-game shutout of his career in efficient fashion. He needed just 100 pitches, 71 strikes, and allowed four hits, one walk, and struck out three.
San Francisco has now been blanked 12 times in 2014 after being shutout just 11 times in all of last season. In their last five games, all losses, they’ve managed just two extra base hits – Buster Posey’s home run on Sunday and Hunter Pence’s triple in the ninth inning on Monday.
Tim Hudson (8-7, 2.65) will try to stop the bleeding on Tuesday night as he takes on former-Giant Francisco Liriano (2-7, 4.18).by