Madison Bumgarner’s hellish struggles continued, with his worst outing to date. This one lasted only two innings, and involved four home-runs as the Padres took a 6-0 lead. They then got two more long balls off Taylor Widener in the third. After the second. our Win Probability was down to 0.9% after 2.2 innings. The only real point in watching thereafter was to see if the Diamondbacks were going to get no-hit, because after six innings, that looked likely to be a thing, with the Diamondbacks providing some REALLY ugly at-bats. However, Kole Calhoun ended that, and the shutout, with his third home-run of the year, in the seventh.
The later innings did bring some amusement. After Stefan Crichton worked two scoreless innings, the eighth gave us Carson Kelly’s first career appearance as a pitcher, working around a lead-off double to put up a zero. Then the ninth gave us Daulton Varsho’s first MLB hit, as well as Andy Young’s first home-run (above), and another two-run homer, off the bat of Nick Ahmed. But not exactly what we wanted from our pitching staff before heading to Colorado.
There may be a guest recap later. I’ve got a wellness check called in for guest recapper James... :( If he decided this afternoon was a good time to get that root-canal work done. I would not have blamed him.