San Francisco Giants: Cardinals Out Homer Bumgarner in Loss
By Michael Saltzman
The San Francisco Giants Madison Bumgarner homered for the third time this season, but also gave up three home runs in a 7-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday.
The first home run of the game nearly happened in the first inning as Tommy Pham hit a ball that could have landed over the wall. However, Giants outfielder Gorkys Hernandez leaped and caught the ball over the wall to save a run.
The Cardinals long ball brigade began in the fourth inning as Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez hit back to back home runs to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
Bumgarner then tied the game in the fifth with a booming home run of his own to tie the game at two.
Harrison Bader, who hit his first Major League home run earlier in the series, hit a home run in the sixth inning to lead off the inning and begin a three run inning that helped knock Bumgarner out of the game.
Tim Federowicz, who was just called up from Triple-A on Friday, hit a pinch hit home run in the eighth inning to add a run. It was his first home run in three years in the Major Leagues.
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Despite the loss, the home run from Madison Bumgarner is an amazing feat for multiple reasons. It is the fourth straight season Bumgarner has hit at least three home runs in a season. It is also his 14th home run in his last 285 plate appearances. To put that in perspective, it is the same number of plate appearances it has taken rookie sensation Aaron Judge to the do the same for the New York Yankees.
Also, despite the three home runs he gave up, Bumgarner has still hit home runs at a greater rate than he has allowed in his career.
Matt Moore came into the game in relief in the eighth inning. It was the first time he pitched in a game he did not start since his rookie year in 2011. He pitched two scoreless innings as a relief pitcher.
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The Giants lost the series to the Cardinals and will now head to Colorado for three games beginning Monday.