Giants’ ace struggles in second start back from injury
MIAMI (AP) — At times, Madison Bumgarner looked like himself.
Other times he looked like someone still trying to find his way returning from an injury.
Unfortunately for the Giants, the latter was more prevalent.
Bumgarner blew a sixth inning lead and was ejected on the way out of his second start this season as the Miami Marlins rallied past the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Monday night.
“That’s a game we should have won,” Bumgarner said. “I let it get away from me and let them back in it. When we play like we did today offensively, battling to score runs especially when we jumped out in front, I’ve got to do better.”
J.T. Realmuto had three hits including his seventh home run of the season and drove in two and Brian Anderson homered, doubled twice, and drove in two runs for the Marlins.
“They have one of their horses out there with an incredible track record,” Anderson said. “Just kept fighting and fighting and we were able to get to him and get their bullpen a little bit late.”
Bumgarner allowed back-to-back hits to begin the sixth with a 4-2 lead. Cameron Maybin hit a sacrifice fly and then Justin Bour walked on four pitches prompting Bumgarner to voice his displeasure to home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak.
“There was just a lot of borderline pitches that I didn’t get,” Bumgarner said.
The four-time All-Star was able to convince manager Bruce Bochy to stay in the game, but then immediately allowed a game-tying hit by Lewis Brinson ending his outing. On his way to the dugout, Bumgarner again had words for Rehak, who ejected him.
“When I’m out of the game then you can let a little bit of it out, but during the game I might show a little bit (of frustration) after a pitch here and there, but I don’t dwell on it,” Bumgarner said. “Before I throw the next pitch I’m ready to throw that next pitch so that’s definitely not the case there.”
Bumgarner, who missed the first two months of the season with a broken pinkie finger on his left hand, gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
“It was his second start,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s only going to get better. He needs to pitch. He’ll get to where he needs to be. He was really good early, just made some mistakes.”
He walked one while striking out three, throwing 50 of his 91 pitches for strikes.
“My stuff is good enough to get people out right now, I’ve just got to execute, that’s it,” Bumgarner said. “Just didn’t do that today.”
Brandon Crawford’s sacrifice fly in the seventh gave the Giants a 5-4 lead.
Anderson responded with an RBI double to tie the game at 5.
“It shows our guys are playing hard,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We stayed away from the shut-down (inning) after they scored.”
Realmuto followed with a two-run home run to center field off Sam Dyson (2-1).
“I’ve hit a lot of balls to dead center that didn’t get out,” Realmuto said. “I was running the bases like it was not going to get out. I’ve been fooled in that part of the park many times but I was glad I was able to get that one.”
Adam Conley (2-0) tossed a scoreless inning and Kyle Barraclough pitched a flawless ninth for his third save in five chances.
Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria each had two hits and drove in a run for the Giants.
Bumgarner cruised through the first three innings without allowing a run or a walk before Anderson led off the fourth with a home run.
Realmuto doubled and Brinson tripled off the center-field wall to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead later in the inning.
The Giants bounced back with three runs off Wei-Yen Chen in the fifth for a 4-2 lead. McCutchen tied the game with an RBI double before Chen balked in a run and reliever Brad Ziegler walked Nick Hundley with the bases loaded.
Chen allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.
MULTI-HIT OR BUST
Seven players – four Giants and three Marlins – had multi-hit games while nobody had just one hit.
REALMUTO CLOSE TO CYCLE AGAIN
Realmuto also had a single and a double to fall a triple shy of the cycle for the eighth time in his career.
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (left ankle) and RHP Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder) each threw a bullpen session of about 40 pitches before the game. Cueto said he felt good and the plan is for him to have another bullpen session with the hopes of throwing to hitters on Saturday. Samardzija will still have one or two rehab starts before re-joining the team. “Both of them are on their way, that’s good news, they felt great today,” Bochy said.
Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (chest) took part in his regular routine and still plans to make his next start on Thursday after being hit by a line drive in his last one. “He said he actually forgot about it while he was throwing a pen and he was working on things so he’s good to go,” Mattingly said.
Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (7-3, 4.63 ERA) will start the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday. The Giants are 10-3 in Stratton’s starts including winning the last five.
Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (0-3, 5.02) will be making his seventh start in search for his first Major League win.
By Christopher Stock of the Associated Press.