Madison Bumgarner was brilliant, but his efforts did not factor into the decision, as Angel Pagan’s 11th-inning walk-off single won it for the Giants.
Pagan’s last walk-off hit dates back to May, when he hit an inside-the-park home run. He would then go on the DL for an extended period of time. While Sunday’s single doesn’t rank quite as high on the excitement measure, it did get the job done.
Hector Sanchez started the 11th with a single off Joe Thatcher before Ehire Adrianza pinch-ran for him. Attempting to advance Adrianza into scoring position with a bunt, Gregor Blanco ended up reaching on Miguel Montero’s late throw to second base. Blanco’s run had no value, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t manage an out.
Regardless, Pagan sent the small remaining crowd home on a positive note, lining a single into left field. The left fielder’s throw was on line, but Adrianza, who was making his major-league debut, slid under the tag.
Bumgarner’s six scoreless innings were wasted. The lefty, who is approaching the 200-inning mark, threw just 89 pitches. He was efficient, however, especially considering the fact that he punched out 10 Diamondbacks.
A.J. Pollock’s first-inning double marked Arizona’s only baserunner that reached second base against Bumgarner. Even a lead-off single to start out the third couldn’t do it, as Bumgarner induced a double-play grounder off the bat of Wade Miley.
Santiago Casilla coughed up Bumgarner’s win, surrendering two runs in the eighth. Chris Owings advanced to second on Casilla’s wild pitch after singling to lead off the inning, and Adam Eaton singled as Owings raced to third base to set up Eric Chavez’s sacrifice fly. Eaton then scored on Pollock’s single.