Madison Bumgarner spotted the Giants nearly 5 innings last night, and they still couldn't get a win. At least they got a couple of runs, which I guess you can say is directionally correct for his starts. Those runs, though, were the product of a dribbler (to be kind) off of Gregor Blanco's bat in the 5th inning, scoring Matt Duffy. The ball died as a productive swinging bunt and San Diego's pitcher, Odrisamir Despaigne, couldn't pick up the ball. Gregor was fast enough to get to first, and then score on a Joe Panik double. Were it not for the misplay (ruled a hit) it probably would have been 0 runs. Again. In 11 innings, the Giants could score no more and Hunter Strickland gave up a 3rd run to San Diego.
Madbum: 14 K, which ties a San Francisco Giants record, previously set by Atlee Hamacker. Also 2 earned runs, 7.1 IP, 5 hits, 1 BB. Those hits came together in the 7th for San Diego's 2 runs.
Despaigne looked pretty good, but only lasted 5 innings. I am not sure why he was pulled, but San Diego seemed to have plenty of relief pitching. In his 5, he gave up 5 hits, 2 runs, walked 2 and struck out 2.
These losses, at home and against our division rivals, are galling. I'm sure they are wearing on the team. I may have to leave town myself to turn things around.