AT&T PARK — Not even Madison Bumgarner could save the San Francisco Giants from a sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
When the left-hander trudged off the mound with two outs in the seventh inning, the Giants had managed just three hits and one run.
The offense would only muster one single after he left, as the Giants slumped to a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.
“This second half’s been something like I’ve never seen before,” Bumgarner said. “And a lot of guys that have been around for a while say the same thing.”
The loss was the sixth in a row to the Padres and capped off a nightmare series in which the Giants endured a shutout in the opener and five-run meltdown in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.
With only 17 games to go, manager Bruce Bochy had to admit all the ugly losses are making him lose sleep.
“I think every manager does,” Bochy said. “You take it hard. You take responsibility when things aren’t going well. You want to do anything to help these guys when it’s not going well. Yeah, it’s always on your mind. I think that’s fair to say.”
Due to the quiet day at the plate, Bumgarner missed out on the chance to win his 100th game and to become the third-youngest pitcher in franchise history to reach the milestone.
As Bochy pointed out before the Padres swept his club aside, the 27-year-old starter already should have surpassed that plateau.
“He could have three or four more [wins] I know that we let slip away from him this year,” Bochy said. “But he’s just been amazing for us.”
After Wednesday’s defeat, the Giants have now scored three runs or fewer in six of the ace’s nine losses.
Bumgarner spotted the visitors a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first on a groundout by Yangervis Solarte before settling into a groove. From the second through the fifth, Bumgarner retired 11 of 12 Padres he faced.
“I thought Bum did a pretty good job,” Bochy said after his starter allowed three earned runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings. “He kept us in the game there, but the offense, we just couldn’t get it going.”
In the top of the sixth, Bumgarner ran into trouble. The lefty appeared to have escaped the inning unscathed when Buster Posey threw out Solarte in his attempt to steal second base.
Instead, the call was overturned following a replay review, and Alex Dickerson lined an RBI single to left to give the Padres a 2-1 lead.
“They hit some balls hard,” Bumgarner said. “But for the most part, we had a lot of weak contact and a few of them — right situation — just found a hole and it cost us today.”
An inning later, San Diego went up 3-1 on a single by Luis Sardinas. That hit, which followed a two-out walk to Jon Jay, put an end to Bumgarner’s afternoon.
For the Giants, their only run came in the bottom of the second when Joe Panik sent a RBI single into center field. Afterwards, Panik insisted that Tuesday night’s ninth-inning debacle didn’t play a part in the matinee dud.
“For us in this clubhouse, we don’t think about yesterday,” Panik explained. “Yesterday had no bearing on how we hit today, or how we fielder or pitched. It had no bearing on what we did. We just didn’t get the job done today.”
Derek Law, who was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, recorded the final out of the ninth.