SAN DIEGO: Madison Bumgarner dearly wanted to compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby here at Petco Park. The string pullers kept it from happening.
So Bumgarner was a spectator for the power show. And when he took the mound Friday night, the home run display continued. Adam Rosales and Wil Myers hit solo shots off Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants began the unofficial second half with a 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.
The Giants (57-34) lost for the first time in 10 games against the Padres this season; they were seeking to set a franchise record for consecutive victories against an opponent within a single season.
Bumgarner allowed a season high-tying four earned runs in six innings and the Giants couldn’t muster much against right-hander Andrew Cashner. Combined with the Dodgers’ victory at Arizona, the Giants’ lead in the NL West was trimmed to a very assailable 51/2 games.
Bumgarner’s night was a series of frustration flash points. He appeared to bark at either Travis Jankowski or Padres first base coach Tarrik Brock in the third inning, when they waited on first base to see if San Diego manager Andy Green would challenge a force play at first base. Bumgarner had fielded Jankowski’s bunt and threw to first base for the out. Plate umpire Mike Estabrook stepped between Bumgarner and Jankowski as the rest of the players walked off the field.
Bumgarner offered a grim stare back at Cashner in the fifth inning after he chased an 0-2 waste pitch out of the zone.
Then Bumgarner stared at Myers all the way around the bases after the Padres’ All-Star first baseman held his pose on his home run.
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt had his own flash point in the ninth inning, drawing his first career ejection after taking a called third strike. Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to argue and was ejected as well.
It was not the kind of night that a hopeful Giants fan might have envisioned. Bumgarner (10-5) was coming off a 14-strikeout victory against Arizona in which he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. He was facing the Padres, a team the Giants have no-hit three times since 2009. Bumgarner finished just four outs short of a perfect game against the Padres last year. And the player who broke up that bid, Melvin Upton Jr., was placed on the bereavement list before the game.
Any anticipation from the strong contingent of Giants fans vanished in the first inning. Bumgarner gave up a run when Myers drew a walk and Yangervis Solarte lined an RBI double down the left field line.
Bumgarner struck out nine in six innings, but did not have the same command of the big, syrupy curveball that he used so often to put away Diamondbacks hitters five days earlier.
The Giants drew even in the second inning when Brandon Crawford tagged an opposite-field double and scored on Conor Gillaspie’s single. But the Padres jumped ahead with three consecutive singles to start the third inning, including a blast off Myers’s bat that deflected off Gillaspie.
Then Bumgarner paid for two more mistakes. Rosales drove a 1-0 fastball in the fourth inning, and Myers took him deep on a slider in the fifth.