SAN FRANCISCO – Ten years into his career in the Major League, four years after writing the biggest postseason in franchise history, and three months after breaking his little finger, a Madison Bumgarner startup remains Got to.
Every Bumgarner outing is simply a special occasion, and his 2018 debut at the AT & T Park felt like a torn ribbon that heralded a grand opening for a Giants season before 61 games at Dodger Stadium.
But after the ace With a pair of scissors on the band, the Diamondbacks cut in on the celebration and defeated the Giants 3: 2
"As for the pitching, I would have liked to do better," said Bumgarner. "But for the first time out there, I feel pretty good."
Bumgarner was preparing for Tuesday with two rehab launches, but he had little chance of preparing for a moment he considered the difference in the game. With the bases loaded and nobody in the bottom of the fifth, Bumgarner beat Patrick Corbin and the Giants did not score.
"What I would like to have back is the at-bat loaded with the bases," said Bumgarner. "I've got to find a way to get a guy in there, that's the difference I think."
After the D & # 39; Backs made a 2-1
But with two on and two out, Evan Longoria grounded to shortstop to end the game.
Although the Giants had no runner reach in the first three innings On Tuesday, they have delivered 11 at base level in the last six frames, which has nullified their bid for a comeback.
"Timely hitting is what ball games win for you and (Patrick Corbin) is good," said coach Bruce Bochy. "He got stuck in a jam there in the fifth and hit the side and you give him credit. He made pitches."
With his first pitch to D & # 39; backs leadoff hitter Nick Ahmed on Tuesday, was Bumgarner for the 22nd pitcher of the Giants this season. His absence created a gigantic hole, but Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija also injured each other in the first two months of the year.
No Pitcher Presence Means More to the Giants' Goal A place in the playoff round as their ace, which can shut down opposing opponents during the playoff race or single-handedly, is led through a post-season series.
"You have your guy back," Bochy said. "It's a lift for everyone, the rotation, the club, it's good to have him back, you heard the crowd and I know he was excited to be back."
Although the Giants have 30- 30 began and the night began 1.5 games from first place in the National League West, their lineup felt incomplete and their playoff dreams appeared hollow, with no Bumgarner serving as a centerpiece in the rotation. So while Corbin – a starter who made a one-shut shutout against Cueto against Cueto in April – served as Bumgarner's opponent on Tuesday, the Giants kicked the field with overwhelming optimism with a beaming face.
That ghost beamed from the field in the upper part of the first when Bumgarner closed the inning by rolling a gently hit Grounder on the left, which Longoria threw with his bare hands before firing an arrow first. 19659002] The feeling of invincibility Bumgarner, it seems the Giants in his next inning but easy to endure, because two double-packs helped Arizona with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander brought another slow chopper to the left, but Longoria and Shortstop Brandon Crawford both held and expected the other Infielder to pick up the ball. Instead of having a game on the plate, the Giants had a communication error and suddenly faced a 0-2 deficit.
Bumgarner made two more goals to lead the third, including one in three he gave D & # 39; backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, but got help from his defense when Crawford set up a one-hop and one Threw a punch on the plate to cut the main runner out of the frame for the first.
Arizona's inability to capitalize on capital with two on the capital and back in the fifth kept the Giants in the game and nearly the D & # 39; backs cost the lead after Mac Williamson unleashed a rally in the bottom of the fifth.
The Giants left fielder kicked the frame with a double on the left field line and traded places with Brandon Crawford, who doubled home to end Corbin's lockout. But after the bosses of D & # 39; Backs had loaded the bases, he fanned Bumgarner, Gorky's Hernandez, and Posey to achieve a Houdini-esque escape.
Bochy's decision to send Bumgarner to the plate after five innings came one night later. He drew starter Derek Holland with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth. Scarce Aletto goalkeeper Alen Hanson scored twice on Monday in Holland, but on Tuesday Bumgarner could not bring the ball into the match against Corbin, beating his thug into the ground after a stroke of three.
"I just have to find a way to get a guy in, bases loaded, no outs," Bumgarner said. "There's no excuse for that, pitcher or not."
Bumgarner only stopped an extra inning and threw a three-quarters six before Bochy handed the game over to the bullpen. Although he had to take eight goals, the right winger allowed only two runs on his clock and ended the evening with 82 pitches.
After Bumgarner ended the showdown on Tuesday, Mark Melancon made his second appearance of the 2018 campaign and recorded a goalless seventh inning. Once again, the Giants allowed Corbin in their bid to extend a season-best five-game winning streak.
But despite a leadoff walk from Crawford against Corbin to start the seventh, three different D & # 39; backs pitchers including their starters thwart a scoring threat. For the second time in three innings, it was Posey who finished the charged base finals, as his offer to take off his battery mates was shy on a simple flyout.
With the Giants, the 2-1, a Longoria misplay on a chopper to open the ninth inning, came back to track the club when Posey delivered a two-out RBI single to a heavy one tangible second pass in the bottom of the ninth.