Madison Bumgarner did not fare well in his quest for win #15 today, and the loss was mainly his fault. Maddy put a couple guys on in the first, then buzzed through the second. Then, in the third he walked a pitcher who had been on base only two times this year and was batting south of 0.050, Mike Minor. Then a K, then another walk. Jason Heyward then hit a three-run home run and the Giants trailed the rest of the game. Giants picked up a run in the fifth, and pitched into the seventh. Then he allowed the aforementioned Minor to hit a double and score on the ensuing single. The Giants needed a parade of relievers to get through two and two-thirds innings to send Bruce Bochy back below 0.500 as a manager. Mijares looked pretty good (the second of five relievers). Kontos, Henley, Affeldt and Hacker did not. The Giants added 2 in the seventh, the Braves added 2 in the eighth and then tacked on 1 in the ninth for good measure. On some days, our offense might have made a difference, but not today. Scutaro, Posey, Arias and Belt got hits, as did Blanco in a pinch-hitting role. Pagan, Sandoval and Pence were not able to reach base. Kinds sloppy, kinda weak.
Maybe Madison did not quite have it going after his stellar start in Los Angeles last time. I guess if the description of your team's starting pitching varies between stellar and less-than-stellar, you are doing all right. Let's win this series tomorrow, Tim.