Bumgarner outpitched by Anderson as Giants lose to D-backs
Jun. 13, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No, Madison Bumgarner did not feel tired or taxed from a cross-country flight he chose to take with the team instead of flying home ahead of the San Francisco Giants.
Manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti urged Bumgarner to return earlier from the East Coast, yet the ace left-hander and World Series MVP did it his way. It might not have mattered the way Chase Anderson pitched in a 1-0 victory by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
"I don't like to. It's just a personal preference," Bumgarner said. "I don't want to be 3,000 miles away when the guys are out there battling in New York."
Anderson lost his no-hit bid when he got hit on the right calf by Buster Posey's sharp comebacker with one out in the seventh inning, and Arizona sent San Francisco to its sixth straight home defeat.
Anderson grimaced in pain after the ball ricocheted off his leg and rolled toward the third-base line, leaving the Diamondbacks without a play on Posey's infield single. But the right-hander finished the inning and outpitched Bumgarner.
"I was just hoping it would go to someone so we could get him out," Anderson said. "It hit me, it just felt tight. I was just like, 'I'm not coming out of the game, obviously.' It wasn't that bad."
Anderson (2-1) struck out two, walked one and plunked No. 7 hitter Matt Duffy twice before giving way to Daniel Hudson in the eighth.
Backed by Ender Inciarte's second-inning RBI single, Anderson snapped a three-start winless stretch since his previous victory May 20 at Miami.
Arizona didn't allow a runner past second and held on while outhitting San Francisco 11-2.
Three days after rookie Chris Heston pitched a no-hitter against the Mets in New York, the Giants were on the other end of a no-hit bid for much of the night.
Joe Panik had his 15-game hitting streak snapped.
Bumgarner (7-3) allowed nine hits for his second-highest total of the season but lost for only the second time in his last 12 starts against Arizona. He struck out seven and walked three in eight innings, losing for the first time in six starts overall.
Bumgarner and the rest of the team landed about 4:30 a.m. and reported later than usual to the ballpark Friday afternoon.
"He's hard-headed," Bochy said.
Duffy hit a leadoff single against Hudson in the eighth and advanced on a wild pitch. He was tagged out at third in a rundown after pinch-hitter Casey McGehee's grounder.
Brad Ziegler worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save as the Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in the last five against San Francisco.
Bumgarner loaded the bases with two outs in the first on back-to-back singles by Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas and a walk to Aaron Hill.
"These games are as fun as any. You can't take a single pitch off," Bumgarner said. "You have to battle the whole way. When it's happening it's no fun, but once it's over you can feel about a start like this as you would any other."
Left fielder Nori Aoki threw out Goldschmidt at the plate to end the third.
Aoki lined to Hill at third base for an inning-ending double play in the bottom half.
"That's just a reaction, that happened so fast," Hill said. "It worked out. That was probably a double down the line."
Bochy reiterated again how frustrated he is that the Giants had to play a night game at the Mets on Thursday before flying cross-country. He hopes the players' union will take a stand regarding the schedule.
The Giants annually have among the highest total of air miles traveled.
"I think we're dropping the ball here," Bochy said, noting the risk for injury. "Hopefully we'll fix this. I certainly don't think ticket sales should play a part in it."
Giants: RF Hunter Pence was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist, a move retroactive to June 3. He was scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors. ... OF Gregor Blanco's dizziness is subsiding from a concussion that has sidelined him since Wednesday.
Diamondbacks: After the game, Arizona announced RHP Josh Collmenter is being moved to the bullpen and RHP Allen Webster will be called up from Triple-A Reno to pitch Saturday against San Francisco. Collmenter (3-6) originally was scheduled to start the game.
Giants: RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-4) looks for his first win against Arizona this year and just the fourth of his career in 17 starts.