It was torture from the bottom of the eighth inning on during today’s San Francisco Giants’ (64-79) game as they battled against the Arizona Diamondbacks (72-70). Starting pitcher, Madison Bumgarner (11-9, 2.82 ERA), threw a gem giving up only four hits with nine strikeouts with 89 pitches in just six innings.
It looked as though the Giants had the win for Bumgarner in the bag until the eighth inning when reliever, Santiago Casilla, gave up two runs on three hits in just two-thirds of an inning. With a tied game at 2-2, the team had multiple opportunities to score but fell short as it force the game into extra innings.
The 11th inning proved to be memorable as Hector Sanchez singled into left field and then was replaced by newcomer and pinch runner, Ehire Adrianza. After a sacrifice bunt by Gregor Blanco, which moved Adrianza to second, Angel Pagan came to the plate with a one out single to left field scoring Adrianza and the winning run. Today marked Pagan’s sixth career walk-off hit and third this season.
With only 89 pitches, many were wondering if there was something wrong with Bumgarner. When asked, Manager, Bruce Bochy, said he’s completely fine.
“He’s fine. To be honest, he would’ve gone back out there but that was my call,” said Bochy, “We worked him pretty hard and especially in September, that was enough but what a great job he did.”
And to Bumgarner, it wasn’t a surprise to be taken out of the game after six innings, even with his competitive nature.
“It’s tough. You got to see both sides of it and it’s understandable but at the same time I wanted to stay out there,” said Bumgarner, “It’s their job to look at the big picture and it’s my job to worry about the game.”
The team worked to get Bumgarner the win but fell short and has not earned him a winning decision in his last seven starts. The last win came on August 2nd against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, knowing his team was pulling for him and working to get even a win during his start was enough.
“It don’t matter if I get the win or not, I don’t care cause that’s out of our control,” said Bumgarner, “All the starters are trying to do is compete to get the team a win and eat up some innings.”
Some other noteworthy happenings for the Giants today:
Hector Sanchez was 3-for-5 today at the place and is now batting .360 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in his last 19 games.
Hunter Pence has reached base safely by hit or walk in his last 17 games, batting .373 with nine RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Buster Posey made a return to the line up today, playing first base, after being sidelined for a few games with a finger injury. He finished 2-for-5 for today and could possibly return to catching within the next few days.
Tomorrow, the Giants welcome the Colorado Rockies (66-78) to AT&T Park to open up a three game series, sending Tim Lincecum (9-13, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against Jhoulys Chacin (13-8, 3.16 ERA). First pitch is at 7:15pm.