SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Madison Bumgarner fully expected the silent treatment from his teammates after hitting the first home run of his major league career.
He received the cold shoulder in the San Francisco dugout only briefly before being mobbed by Pablo Sandoval and others, another highlight in what is shaping up to be a stellar season for the young left-hander.
Bumgarner had a season-high 12 strikeouts and his home run provided the biggest blow for the Giants’ offense in a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
“I was definitely aware,” Bumgarner said of the quiet reception he received following his home run. “They’ve been giving me (grief) since about the first day here since I haven’t hit one. I’d just about give up on it but I ran into one finally.”
Bumgarner connected on a 2-1 pitch from Houston starter Bud Norris leading off the third inning. It’s the first home run by any San Francisco player at AT&T Park since May 14.
Before Bumgarner went deep off Norris, the Giants had gone 16 consecutive games at AT&T Park without a home run to tie the longest streak in the majors since Cleveland’s 17-game homerless skid in 1983.
“He’s probably got the most power on the pitching staff, incredible power really,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I know in BP he’s trying to shorten things up and not swing so hard. It’s good to see him get one.”
Bumgarner (8-4) struck out the side in the first, allowed an unearned run in the third following Crawford’s two-out throwing error then kept the Astros in check before leaving in the eighth.
The left-hander reached double digits in strikeouts for the third time in his last five starts, didn’t walk a batter for the third time this season and retired 11 of 13 until pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic‘s single leading off the eighth.