SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner flirted with history and set a career-high for strikeouts Tuesday night… and yet the Giants still couldn’t get the win.
The Padres won 3-2 in 11 innings on a night the Giants had the game by the throat when the eighth inning started. Hunter Strickland came on for the 11th and gave up a one-out double to Derek Norris and a single to Justin Upton. Alexi Amarista followed with a sharp grounder that looked like a double-play ball, but it bounced off Strickland’s glove and into right field, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
The Giants wasted yet another brilliant night from Bumgarner.
The left-hander had six strikeouts through three innings and then struck out the side in the fourth. Melvin Upton Jr. looked at a 93 mph fastball, Norris swung through a slider and Justin Upton stared at a nasty curveball for strike three.
Bumgarner retired the first 13 hitters he faced in Seattle last week and he took perfection one step further Tuesday thanks to Brandon Crawford. With one out (it was a strikeout, of course) in the fifth, Yangervis Solarte smashed a liner to short and Crawford snared it with a headfirst dive.
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Bumgarner smiled and the crowd roared, all surely wondering if Crawford had just had his Gregor Blanco moment. It wasn’t to be. Yonder Alonso shattered his bat on the very next pitch but the ball plopped down in shallow right, halfway between Joe Panik and Justin Maxwell.
When Bumgarner walked off the mound after five, he had gone 22 innings without getting a run from the lineup, but the Giants finally got to Odrisamer Despaigne in the bottom of the inning. The versatile right-hander had allowed just one run in four previous appearances against the Giants, and it took some luck to get Bumgarner a run. Matt Duffy’s liner the other way hit the chalk and went for a double, and with two outs Blanco hit a 10-foot dribbler that Despaigne couldn’t pick up, bringing Duffy home. Joe Panik’s double made it 2-0.
Bumgarner cruised into the eighth, when the Padres immediately threatened with a walk and double. A strikeout of Clint Barmes was Bumgarner’s 14th, a career-high, but Will Venable followed with a double to left that tied the game and ended Bumgarner’s night.
Starting pitching report: With his 12th strikeout, Bumgarner became the sixth National League pitcher to hit 100 strikeouts this season. He also became the fourth pitcher in the league to hit 100 innings pitched. Bumgarner has 30 strikeouts over 23 1/3 innings in his last three starts and has allowed just three runs; he’s 0-2 with a no-decision.
Bullpen report: Sergio Romo struck out two of the three batters he faced but didn’t look comfortable after coming out for the eighth. He was checked by trainer Anthony Reyes, and removed from the game with an apparent leg injury.
At the plate: Panik and Duffy make up the thrilling Tortoise Home Run Race, but Panik is part of another race, too. He had been neck-and-(long)neck with Brandon Belt for the team lead in doubles, and Panik took over with his liner to the wall in the fifth inning. He has 19 doubles, seventh-most in the National League.
In the field: Crawford’s diving catch saved a perfect game that soon wouldn’t be. Later, Angel Pagan made a sliding, divot-producing catch to rob Despaigne of a hit.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 42,067, including tall people Festus Ezeli and James Michael McAdoo. Ezeli threw out the first pitch.