Without Lincecum, Giants fall to Padres
San Francisco fell three games behind Colorado in the
“We need to get (Lincecum) out there on the mound,” catcher
Headley singled against
Bumgarner was called up from Double-A Connecticut and pitched in place of Lincecum. The reigning
“There’s a part of me that likes seeing the best pitchers in the game pitch,”
Bumgarner, an imposing left-hander, walked off to a standing ovation and tipped his cap to the crowd after giving way to
“It took about ’til the fifth inning for the nerves to wear off,” Bumgarner said. “I just made some bad pitches. They’ll take advantage more than in the minor leagues. A lot better hitters for sure.”
Bumgarner gave up the two homers for his lone runs. He struck out four and walked one, throwing 76 pitches and 48 for strikes.
He knelt down moments before throwing his first pitch, then received a quick pep talk from second baseman
Kouzmanoff’s drive leading off the fourth tied the game at 2, then
Kouzmanoff later left the game with a strained left calf.
The 20-year-old Bumgarner has made a rapid ascent through the farm system, similar to that of Lincecum, who was the 10th pick in the 2006 draft. Lincecum spent just one full season in the minors before being called up in 2007.
Bumgarner found out about 3 1/2 hours before the first pitch from manager Bruce Bochy that he would be starting and did some last-minute preparation with Molina and pitching coach Dave Righetti.
“He showed good poise out there,” Bochy said. “He didn’t get rattled after the home runs and came back and made pitches.”
Bumgarner – who thought he would be pitching Wednesday in the Double-A playoffs – got the call Monday that he was coming to San Francisco. His fiancee, Ali Saunders, flew to the Bay Area from North Carolina on Tuesday to join him.
He was a combined 12-2 between Double-A Connecticut and Class-A San Jose this season and had gone 5-0 since his lone loss for Connecticut on June 13.
One fan wearing Lincecum’s No. 55 jersey taped a piece of paper with Bumgarner’s name over Lincecum.
“It’s an honor they know who you are,” Bumgarner said.
At 20 years and 38 days, Bumgarner became the fourth-youngest San Francisco pitcher to make his big league debut and the second-youngest in franchise history to start behind Mike McCormick, who was 17 years, 342 days when he debuted in 1956.