A rare rough night for Madison Bumgarner sealed the deal early for the Giants as they fell to the Padres 10-2.
The losses came right away for San Francisco, as Casey McGehee left the game in the top of the first with a left knee strain as he was coming out of the batter’s box. He was taken out immediately, perhaps foreshadowing the struggles that were coming for the orange and black in the game.
Bumgarner looked far from his normal self, and San Diego jumped all over him. With two outs in the first, Matt Kemp doubled and back-to-back-to-back singles from Justin Upton, Derek Norris, and Will Middlebrooks put the Padres up 2-0. Bumgarner had a one-two-three second (with a little help from Buster Posey, who threw out Clint Barmes trying to steal second) before his woes continued in the third.
Yangervis Solarte led off with a single before Kemp struck out. However, four straight singles from Upton, Norris, Middlebrooks, and Jedd Gyorko blew the game open. Bumgarner struck out Barmes and James Shields to end the inning, but not before it was 5-0 San Diego.
For the Giants lefty, it marked his shortest outing since 2011. He lasted just five innings on Saturday night while allowing ten hits and five earned runs. He didn’t allow a walk and struck out four, but needed 79 pitches to grind through three innings.
Ryan Vogelsong came on in relief and, unfortunately for the Giants, didn’t have much more luck against Padres hitters. He gave up three runs in the sixth on RBIs from Wil Myers, Kemp, and Upton, and two more runs in the seventh on a double from Myers and a Solarte single. Vogelsong’s final line was frightening similar to Bumgarner’s: 3.2 innings pitched, nine hits, five runs, four earned runs, and one walk.
Offensively, San Francisco was stagnant yet again. One day after being shut out at Petco in a 1-0 loss, they mustered just two runs, both of which came from unlikely places. Joaquin Arias launched a solo shot in the fourth, and Justin Maxwell doubled in Nori Aoki in the eighth. Three games into this series the Giants have managed just three runs in 30 innings.
George Kontos continues to be a bright spot, though, and was solid again on Saturday. The righty has now thrown five shut-out innings this year, surrendering three hits, one walk, and no runs while striking out four.
There is simply just a lot more going wrong for the Giants than is going right right now, with McGehee being the latest in a string of early injuries plaguing the defending World Champs. He could join Hunter Pence and Matt Cain on the disabled list as early as tomorrow. On a positive note, Brandon Belt is expected to be ready to start the home opener on Monday, and Travis Ishikawa began his rehab assignment on Saturday night in Sacramento.
Hopefully help is on the way for the struggling Giants. They’ll look to right the ship when Jake Peavy takes on Tyson Ross on Sunday at 1:10 PST.