The San Francisco Giants (42-23) were dealt another tough loss on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals (34-29) in a final score of 2-1.
The match up was a repeat of the game two in the 2012 World Series, in which Giants’ starting pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, outdueled then Detroit Tigers’ starter, Doug Fister, in a 2-0 victory. In that game, Fister gave up one run in six innings while Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.
This game wasn’t a repeat of the 2-0 victory against Fister, instead, he walked away with a win against the Giants and became the first Nationals’ starter to earn a five consecutive wins since Gio Gonzalez in May 2012.
Bumgarner (8-4, 2.67ERA) had another strong outing going seven innings with eight hits, two earned runs, one intentional walk, and five strikeouts over 102 pitches. Tonight, the Giants line up wasn’t able to hit with runners in scoring position even though they had multiple opportunities throughout the game.
Giants’ manager, Bruce Bochy, said it was a game that they expected to have great pitching on both sides.
“It was a well pitched game on both sides and we had some chances there,” said Bochy, “The guys have done such a great job on getting that one hit but it just eluded us tonight.”
A rally ensued in the ninth, when Brandon Crawford led off with a triple and scored on a Brandon Hicks’ ground out but the Giants’ weren’t able to continue to bring home the win, breaking Bumgarner’s six-game winning streak.
“We’ve had so many timely hits from everyone that you think it’s going to happen again but we came up short,” continued Bochy, “It’s baseball and we’ll put this behind us. They are doing a great job and it’s not always easy, especially with this team we are playing with good pitching, good bullpen, good starters… We’ve got our work cut out.”
On a positive note, third baseman, Pablo Sandoval, went 3-for-3 with a walk during the game and matched his season-high for the third time. Relief pitcher, Juan Gutierrez threw two scoreless innings and has not allowed a run at AT&T Park this season. And lastly, Buster Posey has now hit safely in a season high eight consecutive games, hitting 12-for-34 (.353 batting average) during this time.
The Giants look to Matt Cain (1-3, 3.52 ERA) on Wednesday to get a win against the red hot Nationals. Cain will be facing right-hander, Tanner Roark (4-4, 2.91 ERA), in his second start off the disabled list. First pitch is at 7:15pm.