Here's the thing - if the Giants want to be relevant by the time September rolls around, they have to stop losing to shitty teams. Padres, Reds, and now the Phillies. After a stirring 5 run rally in the 5th inning to tie the score at 6 each, the Giants allowed a run, scored 2, allowed 1 more and then vomited 5 in the 8th for a 13 - 8 loss in Philadelphia. Boo.
Madison Bumgarner started, he allowed about as many baserunners in 5 as he normally does in 3 games. 10 hits, 2 walked, 4 earned runs and 4 K in 94 pitches. He pitched to the first batter in the 6th, and walked him. He gave up 2 home runs, to Aaron Altherr, who has played 4 games this year, and to Maikel Franco. Altherr had 5 rbi on the night, Franco 4 and Cameron Rupp, their catcher, had 3. The first batter of each inning reached 1st base in every inning Madison pitched but the 3rd. There was a Nunez throwing error in the 2nd before a Altherr rbi single and a Franco home run. That was why Madison "earned" 4 runs when 8 crossed the plate under his tenure.
Hunter Strickland relieved Bumgarner in the 6th. He allowed a run. Derek Law had a clean 7th. The Will Smith made his Giants debut in the 8th and promptly put the "F" in "FNG." 2 hits brought in Sergio Romo, and by the time he was done, it was 13 - 8. So the Giants have now lost 7 of Madison's last 9 starts. Again, not the way to ensure you are not an afterthought by September. Giants hit a couple home runs. Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Angel Pagan. Brandon Belt not slumping would be big. As I publish this, Colorado is ahead of LA by a score of 7 - 0. Go Rox!