SAN FRANCISCO—Giants reliever Hunter Strickland gave up a single to Alexi Amarista in the 11th inning, which gave the Padres a 3-2 victory on Tuesday, June 23, at AT&T Park.
The Padres won the game despite striking out 18 times. In a couple key hits late in the game, Derek Norris doubled with one out off Strickland and Justin Upton followed with a single before Amarista gave the Padres (35-38) the lead.
The Padres’ 2-3-4 hitters – Norris, Upton and Kemp – finished a combined 2-for-13 with 11 strikeouts.
San Francisco starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner was responsible for the K’s and retired the first 14 batters he faced, a new career-high. But, “MadBum” gave up a two-run double to Will Venable in the eighth inning that tied the game.
“That’s the way the game is,” Bumgarner said. “It’s funny sometimes. It’s not ideal for us. Obviously we’d like to be winning games, but we’ve just got to keep going out there and grinding.”
The loss ended Bumgarner’s streak of three straight eight-inning outings, but his 14 strikeouts matched the highest total amassed by a left-hander since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958, Chris Haft’s reported on MLB.com. Atlee Hammaker also struck out 14 on September 11, 1983, against Houston, according to the article.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, he became the first National League pitcher to assemble a one-walk, 14-strikeout game but not get a decision since Mark Prior of the Cubs on September 30, 2004.
Bumgarner had 13 K’s twice before Tuesday’s game and has now recorded a double-digit strikeout total three times this season and 22 times in his career.
Although Bumgarner had a career night, the Giants–the current MLB World Series champions–lost their 10th home game in 11 tries.
“It was what I wanted to throw — a fastball out over the plate and up,” Bumgarner said about the pitch he threw to Venable. “Most lefties will swing and miss at that, but he got on top of it and slapped it down the line. I don’t regret throwing it. It works a lot more often than it don’t.”
Despite Bumgarner’s 1.93 ERA in his last three starts, the Giants have found ways to lose all three of those games. In 23 1/3 innings, Bumgarner has struck out 30 while walking five and allowing 18 hits.
Padres manager Pat Murphy was ejected in the eighth inning after Clint Barmes was called out on a check swing.
Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne allowed just two runs but was only able to go five innings. His misplayed ball in the fifth inning led to the first Giants run.