AT&T PARK — Pitching in front of the home crowd in China Basin for the first time in 98 days, Madison Bumgarner provided long stretches of his pre-dirt bike crash dominance on Thursday night.
He didn’t provide enough to collect his first win of 2017 or stop the San Francisco Giants from falling 5-2 to the San Diego Padres.
Facing a Padres team that now boasts a 15-5 record against the Giants dating back to the midway point of 2016, Bumgarner worked 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs on two swings.
“It was a very similar game to last game,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You look at the numbers and they weren’t great, but he threw the ball, I thought, well. A couple mistakes in each game that left the ballpark.”
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Bumgarner also allowed a pair of homers to the Padres on Saturday at Petco Park in San Diego, his first start in almost exactly three months.
“He had good stuff, good command. I’m sure he’d like to have a couple pitches back, but they were solid outings.”
Hunter Renfroe deposited a two-run homer in the left-field bleachers in the top of the second, leaving the Giants in an early 2-0 hole. Cory Spangenberg ended Bumgarrner night with one out in the seventh, booming a home run to the deepest park of the night.
The Padres second baseman sent Bumgarner’s 97th and final pitch sailing into the seats nestled below the brick wall in Triples Alley.
Half an inning prior, Denard Span and Eduardo Núñez combined to briefly tie the game at 2-2. Span singled home Gorkys Hernandez before Núñez brought home the center fielder with an RBI knock of his own.
With two outs in the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the form of Buster Posey, who proceeded to sky a fly out to right.
The club also brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth when Nick Hundley pinch hit for Kelby Tomlinson with two outs and runners on first and second. Brandon Maurer ended the night by ringing up the backup catcher on a called third strike.
Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin, who entered the night with a 1.95 ERA in six career starts at AT&T Park, delivered six innings of two-run ball.
“Chacin’s been tough on us,” Bochy said. “We just have a hard time with him and I’m not just talking this year. He’s had a long history of pitching very well against us and probably next to [Clayton] Kershaw, I don’t know who’s tougher on us.”Bruce BochyMadison BumgarnerMLBSan Diego PadresSan Francisco Giants