Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Bumgarner a big hit with Twins
After going at least six innings and allowing no more than three runs in each of his previous 10 starts, Madison Bumgarner allowed eight runs and didn't even make it out of the first inning Tuesday. The red-hot Minnesota Twins, who have won eight straight games after their 9-2 victory, tagged Bumgarner for nine hits including eight straight to start the game.
The Twins alternated singles and doubles on those first eight hits until Bumgarner recorded his first and only out with a strikeout of pitcher Carl Pavano.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that's tied for the most consecutive hits with no outs in the first inning in MLB history. Prior to Tuesday, six other teams accomplished the feat -- the Cubs did it against the Pirates on September 8, 2009, the only other occurence this century. The previous five occurences came during a 17-year span from 1973 to 1990.
Of those previous six teams to accomplish the feat, only the Phillies against the Cubs on August 5, 1975 had as many extra base hits as the Twins did as part of their first eight hits. The Phillies also had four.
Elias also tells us that Bumgarner is the first pitcher since 1900 to allow nine hits AND record less than two outs in a game. Furthermore, he's also the first Giants starting pitcher since 1900 to allow eight or more runs without getting out of the first inning.
The Twins meanwhile improve to an MLB-best 15-3 in June after going a combined 17-36 in April and May. The eight-game win streak is their longest since they won eight from July 24 to August 1 last season.
The Giants loss is their fifth straight and their longest losing streak since they lost seven from June 26 to July 2 last season.