San Francisco, CA – It was shocking to witness! The twenty-fifth sellout crowd at AT&T Park watched in complete dismay. According to the history books Madison Bumgarner was the first pitcher in modern day era to give up eight consecutive hits in one inning. It was truly a nightmare that lasted too long, the first fifteen minutes of the game eight runners scored in what seemed like a little league baseball game.
The Giants could not dig themselves out of a hole that began in the first frame. Therefore, the Minnesota Twins walked away with the 9-2 win. The first strike out came with Carl Pavano at the plate and the crowd gave Bumgarner a standing ovation. But the next hit resulted in a double which gave the Twins two more runs and the lead increased 8-0.
“That’s a first for me to see it go like that,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”Single, double, single, it just didn’t stop!” “The game got away from us.”
That was all Bochy could take and pulled Madison after 1/3 inning and replaced him with Guillermo Mota. The damage was done, he allowed nine hits (eight earned) to the ten batters he faced, gave up five doubles and four singles. Bumgarner threw 22 strikes in 25 pitches, his record is now 3-9 and his ERA went from a 3.21 to 4.05.
A mercy call allowed the Giants to end the inning with a double play, Joe Mauer hit a line drive to Bill Hall who threw to first for the out. Many would question how fast Alexi Casilla got back on base but with the lead so large Minnesota had no reason to complain. After all this would be the first time these two teams faced each other this season.
“It was pretty pathetic of me trying to execute pitches,” said Bumgarner. ”Everything was in the middle of the plate and up. They did what they were supposed to do, they’re supposed to hit that pitch and they did. It’s tough to be out there and have that happen.”
According to several reports, Madison became the first pitcher since the 1900 to yield as many as nine hits and record one out or less. He became the 23rd pitcher since 1919 and the first San Francisco Giant to allow eight or more earned runs in one-third innings. The hole was to big to climb out of but the Giants did try despite the mistakes made early on.
“We got hits,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. ”We got plenty of hits, they just kept coming. We rolled some by some guys and put the ball in the right place. It was one of those snowball effects where everybody got involved.”
Minnesota tied a Major League record with eight straight hits to open the game. They also won their eighth straight so there was no surprise from the smiles that filled the clubhouse after the game. The insurance run came when Alexi Casilla hit a solo home run to leadoff the ninth.
“It was fun,” Ben Revere said. ”Some guys said they had trouble seeing the ball because of his funky delivery, but he was just throwing in the right spot and we were just finding the right holes.”
The Giants avoided a shutout thanks to Eli Whiteside who homered in the seventh. Bottom of the eighth Emmanuel Burriss hit an RBI single for the final run for San Francisco. A night where the heroics in the end is usually a comeback win was merely a simple loss for the World Champs.
The reality was that this game would be a first and a last for Bumgarner’s mistakes. I n what seemed to be a rally, ended with players left stranded in the third. Hall hit a single to left and Mota belted a double to right field moving runners to third and second base but Miguel Tejada flew out to right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
Asked if he would bench Madison and Bochy responded “there’s no way I’d give him a rest after today. Come on, this kid has been throwing too well and it’s an off day, that’s all it is.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino