SAN FRANCISCO — Last night’s game was over for the Giants before they even batted in the bottom of the first.
Madison Bumgarner set or tied some dubious records in getting shelled against the Twins in a 9-2 blowout. Bumgarner’s line of 1/3 rd inning allowing nine hits and eight runs. He became the first pitcher ever to have that pitching line without recording at least two outs in Baseball history.
According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark: Bumgarner wasn’t the first pitcher ever to face 10 hitters (or more) in a game and only get one of them out (i.e., at least nine of them reached base one way or another). In fact, he wasn’t even the first to do it THIS YEAR. According to ESPN Stats & Info, eight other starters in the live-ball era have pulled that off — including Ryan Dempster less than two months ago (4 hits, 4 walks, 1 HBP in 1/3 IP on April 28 vs. Arizona).
More from Stark: the other starting pitchers who got mixed up in a game where the opposing team got eight straight hits to begin the first inning:
Sept. 25, 1990: Anthony Telford (Orioles) vs. Yankees (gave up first six)
Sept. 27, 1981: Ross Baumgarten (White Sox) vs. A’s (gave up first five)
Aug. 26, 1975: Jamie Easterly (Braves) vs. Pirates (gave up first five)
Aug. 5, 1975: Bill Bonham (Cubs) vs. Phillies (gave up first seven)
April 21, 1973: Nelson Briles (Pirates) vs. Cubs (gave up first five)
And from Giants San Jose Mercury News beatwriter Andrew Baggarly: The Twins were the first team to lead off a game with eight straight hits and have all eight of those hitters score since those 1990 Yankees. Two of the players in that Yankees lineup — current Giants first base coach, Roberto Kelly and hitting coach, Hensley (Bam-Bam) Meulens.
Tonight, 33-year old Ryan Vogelsong (4-1, 1.92) continues his campaign as Comeback Player of the Year. Vogelsong has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last eight starts and his 1.23 ERA during that span is the lowest in the majors. The last Giants pitcher to go nine starts allowing two runs or fewer was Jason Schmidt, the man who Vogelsong was traded for back in 2001.
After starting the season 1-4, Nick Blackburn (6-4, 3.16) has a five game win streak. The Twins are currently the hottest team in Baseball having won eight in a row and 15 of their last 17. The Giants have lost five straight and are 1-for-32 with runners in scoring position during the slide. First pitch is at 7:15 pm.
Minnesota Twins lineup:
Ben Revere CF
Alexi Casilla 2B
Joe Mauer C
Michael Cuddyer RF
Delman Young LF
Danny Valencia 3B
Luke Hughes 1B
Tsuyoshi Nishioka SS
Nick Blackburn RHP (6-4, 3.16)
San Francisco Giants lineup:
Aaron Rowand CF
Manny Burriss 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Aubrey Huff 1B
Cody Ross LF
Nate Schierholtz RF
Brandon Crawford SS
Eli Whiteside C
Ryan Vogelsong RHP (4-1, 1.92)