Madison Bumgarner did all he could to keep a couple of impressive streaks going Monday, but a one-man show wasn’t enough. The Giants were dominated by struggling lefty Jeff Locke in the first of four games against the Pirates at PNC Park, falling 1-0.
The shutout loss was the first for the Giants since May 10 and ended their eight-game winning streak. They had not lost a Bumgarner start since April 20, but the ace did his part, going the distance. The difference was an Erik Kratz solo homer that popped out of Angel Pagan’s glove at the wall in the fifth.
Locke entered with a 5.92 ERA and he had given up 18 earned runs in his previous two starts, but the Giants managed just five hits before Locke was pulled after 6 2/3 and only 84 pitches. Locke was never in any serious trouble, allowing a single in each of the first four innings and then retiring nine straight before Jarrett Parker’s double with two down in the seventh.
Clint Hurdle opted for power right-hander Neftali Feliz and Bochy stuck with Bumgarner, who had only thrown 85 pitches. Bumgarner grounded a high two-strike fastball to short. The scoreless outing was just the third of the season for Locke.
Bumgarner’s most stressful inning was just 18 pitches, and he allowed just five hits and the one run. Pagan thought he had Kratz’s ball as he jumped at the wall, but he couldn’t hold on.
Starting pitching report: Bumgarner threw his second complete game of the season, striking out eight. He has given up 11 earned runs in his last 11 starts.
Bullpen report: Take the night off, guys.
At the plate: Brandon Belt led off the ninth with a single but he was doubled up when Gregory Polanco made a running catch of Buster Posey’s fly to deep right.
In the field: Pagan dropped what would have been the catch of the year. He ran back on Kratz’s deep fly and perfectly timed his jump, grabbing the ball as he soared up above the short wall in left at PNC Park. But as his arms went over the wall, Pagan dropped the ball. He threw his glove down in anger when his feet touched the ground.
Up next: Johnny Cueto, the former Red, returns to a place he likes. Cueto is 10-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 16 career starts at PNC Park.