PHILADELPHIA — Madison Bumgarner’s stat line was wrecked a bit by one mistake Saturday. The rest of his day was a walk in the park.
Bumgarner pitched eight innings and had two hits as the Giants won 7-5, taking a second straight game in Philadelphia. The big left-hander had a season-high with 11 strikeouts and cruised aside from a grooved pitch that went for a grand slam in the fourth inning.
The Giants more than made up for that one rough frame. They had 12 hits and took a six-run lead early. Phillies starter Severino Gonalez didn’t make it to his first at-bat. The right-hander gave up seven hits, walked one, hit two and committed a balk in 2 2/3 innings on the mound and was charged with six earned runs.
The Giants got two in the first and then broke through for four in the third, with five of seven batters hitting singles at one point. Nori Aoki’s two-run single put him on base for a third time in three innings and gave Bumgarner a big cushion.
That looked to be plenty as Bumgarner faced the minimum through the first three innings, throwing an astounding 22 of 24 pitches for strikes. The brilliant start unraveled in the fourth when the Phillies loaded the bases on two singles and a hit-by-pitch. After a long battle with Darin Ruf, Bumgarner threw a 94 mph fastball right down the middle to Jeff Francoeur and the veteran unloaded. The grand slam made it a 6-4 game. Francoeur drove in as many runs with that one swing as he did in 22 games with the Giants in 2013.
Bumgarner’s RBI single padded the lead in the seventh but he gave up a solo shot to Andres Blanco in the bottom of the eighth.
Starting pitching report: Bumgarner had great stuff while mowing the Phillies down inning after inning. His fastball sat at 94 mph in the late innings and he struck out two in his final frame. The double-digit strikeout game was the second of the season for Bumgarner and his 21st in the big leagues.
Bullpen report: It was Jeremy Affeldt’s birthday. He got the day off.
At the plate: It’s pretty hard to reach base five times in one game, but Aoki has done it twice in the last two weeks. The left fielder was hit by a pitch in his first at bat and then went single, single, walk, single. He also reached base five times on May 25 against Milwaukee.
In the field: Nothing that'll make the highlight reels.
Attendance: The Phillies announced a crowd of 29,102, including one suave fella in the upper deck who — with a beer in one — reached up and barehanded a foul ball and then immediately turned and handed it to a young girl. The fella was on a date. Smooth.
Up next: The Giants would be legitimately disappointed if they walked out of here Sunday with anything less than a sweep. They’ll send Ryan Vogelsong (4-3, 4.26) to the hill against Sean O’Sullivan (1-4, 5.03).