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.
ANDY YOUNG 2-RUN HOMER pic.twitter.com/cMVs5u6BxW— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) August 9, 2020
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.