The San Francisco Giants’ six-game winning streak came to a close Monday night, as the Philadelphia Phillies rode a three-run second inning to a 6-2 victory.
Madison Bumgarner, who entered the night with a 1.55 ERA (second in the National League) struggled with his command. In six innings, he allowed season-highs in two major departments: hits (eight) and runs (five). One of those five was a home run to Domonic Brown.
The Phillies put the pressure on Bumgarner from the outset. After San Francisco’s lefty retired the first two hitters on four pitches, he allowed three consecutive batters to reach base. Brown, who would eventually take him deep in the fifth inning, sharply grounded out to end the first inning.
Philadelphia’s momentum carried over to the second inning, however. Michael Young’s two-run double broke a 0-0 tie. Then, Chase Utley scored on Bumgarner’s wild pitch that reached the backstop, making the score 3-0. Bumgarner seemed to debate the strike-zone in a few cases.
Hunter Pence drew the Giants closer with a solo home run in the second inning. On a two-strike count, Phillies starter Cliff Lee slightly hung a breaking ball, and Pence sent a screaming line drive into the left field bleachers.
While Bumgarner struggled, Lee found his groove after allowing his only blemish of the game to Pence. After Pence’s home run in the second, the Giants didn’t get a hit off Lee until Marco Scutaro singled in the seventh.
After two spotty innings to start the game, Bumgarner allowed just one hit over his next two innings of work. But Phillies would muster another rally against Bumgarner in the fifth inning, capped off by Brown’s booming blast.
Though before Brown silenced AT&T Park, Young doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Delmon Young’s one-out sacrifice fly. Then, Brown’s swatted Bumgarner’s 90 MPH fastball up and over the right field bleachers. The Phillies led 5-1.
After Bumgarner struck out the side in the sixth inning, Chad Gaudin took over for two innings. Gaudin yielded just one hit while walking none and striking out one batter.
But Philadelphia scored two runs off Jean Machi in the ninth inning. Machi walked one, allowed one single and a sacrifice fly. Javier Lopez, relieving Machi, struck out Chase Utley and induced a weak groundout to Ryan Howard to end the threat.