Madison Bumgarner Pitches Seven Solid Innings

Cesar Mills
July 17, 2017

At most, he would start just one game prior to the July 31 trade deadline - significantly dimming the already remote chance that the Giants would find a deal that would sufficiently motivate them to move him. Blash's blast gave the Padres a 3-2 lead, and helped San Diego take control of a game that San Francisco almost led 6-0 just two innings earlier. The left-handed pitcher was making his first start in three months, after his dirt bike accident back in April.

"I just can't explain it", he said. To make room on the roster, the Giants (35-56) have placed pitcher Johnny Cueto on the 10-disabled list with a blister on his pitching hand. I think his command was good.

"I'm not surprised by anything Bum does. Then he went out and threw great in the seventh".

And while the Giants are no longer waiting for their ace to return, they're still waiting for their first victory in a game that he started this season.

After retiring the first seven hitters he faced, Bumgarner hung a 2-2 curveball to Padres' left fielder Matt Szczur who launched a solo shot into the second deck of the left field seats at Petco Park.

Joe Panik tied the score at 3 with his solo homer in the sixth inning.

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Despite needing almost 60 pitches to get through the first two innings, Chacin could have exited the game after six innings in line for a win, but a solo home run from Panik to lead off the sixth tied the game and set the stage for another climactic finish.

But at the end of the night, the attention turned to San Diego Padres' catcher Hector Sanchez, who stole the show with a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to spoil Bumgarner's return from injury. Bochy hopes Cueto will miss only two starts.

Jabari Blash hit a leadoff single against Cory Gearrin and the Padres executed a sacrifice bunt before Sanchez, who toted a.154 average into the game, connected on a 407-foot drive to left field.

The game probably was lost much earlier, though.

He labored through a 34-pitch first inning, when he loaded the bases on two walks and a single before allowing a two-run single by Hunter Pence. With Bumgarner set to face Jhoulys Chacin in the pitching matchup, the over/under sits at 7.5 runs. But they couldn't knock him out and needed Panik's homer in the sixth to take Bumgarner off the hook for a loss. His fastball averaged 89-90 miles per hour but he had enough movement with his cutter and curve to keep the Padres off balance. He was approaching 60 pitches through two innings, and it appeared the Padres bullpen would be tasked with soaking up innings.

"I felt pretty good the whole time and we kind of gradually built up to it", Bumgarner said.

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