Madison Bumgarner picked up his first loss last night against the redoubtable Cliff Lee. He deserved it, too. Maddy struck out 7 and walked only 2, but gave up 5 runs in 6 innings. He also threw 2 wild pitches, one of which led directly to one of Philly's runs. The Giants picked up a second run in the 8th against Cliff Lee before Jon Papelbon shut the Giants down in the 9th for a final score of 6-2. The outcome was never much in doubt, the Giants had only 5 hits on the evening, and Hunter Pence had 60% of them. Maddy threw 100 pitches, 68 of them for strikes, with one of those hit for a home run. Hunter hit a solo home run off of Cliff Lee, too, as well as a double, but, other than he, the Giants were outmatched. On a good note, Maddy went six innings. With the use that our bullpen has been getting lately, that's a good thing.
Rather than dwell too long on the box score and game accounts, I would encourage you to look at the NL West standings this morning. There are elements of sublime beauty there.