Madison Bumgarner had tossed 10 consecutive quality starts so he was bound to have a hiccup. Boy, did he ever. And made history in the process in a way he wish he hadn’t.
Bumgarner coughed up eight straight hits and gave the Giants no chance at a win as they were blown out by the resurgent Minnesota Twins by the final of 9-2 on a balmy night along the shores of McCovey Cove.
“Pretty pathetic with me trying to execute pitches,” said a dejected Bumgarner, who became the first pitcher to give up nine hits without recording at least two outs since 1920. “Everything was in the middle of the plate and up. They did what they were supposed to do, they hit that pitch.
“I think it’ll help the focus of executing pitches for the rest of my career because now I know what happens if I don’t. Even if you have a game where your stuff’s not there you still want to execute pitches.”
Bumgarner alternated surrendering singles and doubles for those eight consecutive hits until he finally struck out opposing pitcher Carl Pavano who swung a pitch high and away for the first out. But leadoff man Ben Revere followed with a two run double to cap the scoring and chasing Bumgarner from the game.
His pitching line: 1/3 of an inning, nine hits, eight earned runs, 25 pitches of which 22 were strikes. His ERA ballooned from 3.21 to 4.06
To his credit, the 21-year old did not head into the clubhouse. Rather he sat with his teammates in the dugout as the Giants attempted to generate offense of any kind.
Eli Whiteside did manage to hit his second home run of the season. In the bottom of the eighth, Manny Buriss singled home Miguel Tejada from second base. That was the first hit with a runner in scoring position since last Wednesday in Arizona, snapping an 0-for-31.
“You get down eight runs and we’re not an offensive club,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s not that we’re giving up but it does give us a chance to put Manny in there, he played a little at first (base). It helps to rest (Aubrey) Huff a little bit because he’s out there pretty much every day so anytime a game goes awry like it did tonight, you’ll see guys coming out.”
LHP Barry Zito in a rehab start for Class AAA Fresno tossed a complete game two hit shutout notching seven strikeouts throwing 118 pitches. … 1B Aubrey Huff had two hits and is now batting .324 (12-for-37) vs. righties after starting the year batting .179 (28-for-156). … RHP Guillermo Mota in long relief tossed a career best 4.2 innings in relief of Bumgarner. He also doubled, his first since August 22, 2004 at San Diego while pitching for the Florida Marlins. … The last pitcher to allow eight or more earned runs and record only 1 out was Colorado’s Kip Wells vs. the Dodgers on July 21, 2008. … It was the first time the Giants allowed eight runs in the first inning since June 4, 1992 vs. the Houston Astros. The Astros were also the last team to score eight runs against the Giants back on August 12, 2008 in the 7th inning. … The Giants have lost a season high five games and are now 1/2 game behind Arizona in the National League West.