On Saturday, Shields (1-0) exercised some postseason demons as the right-hander pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven during San Diego’s 10-2 win over National League West rival on Saturday at Petco Park.
There was an ominous sign of things to come for the Giants as third baseman Casey McGehee suffered a left knee strain during the first inning. McGehee, who was acquired as part of an offseason trade with the Miami Marlins, hit a drive to left-center field that San Diego outfielder Wil Myers chased down. But, while Myers was pulling in the final out of the inning, McGehee was on his knees just feet down the first baseline as the Giants’ training staff ran out of the third base dugout. McGehee was removed from the game and replaced by utility man Jaoquin Arias.
“It didn’t look good,” said Bumgarner about McGehee’s injury.
According to reports, McGehee was scheduled to undergo an MRI after the game and the Giants will wait to make a roster decision after knowing the severity of the injury.
Despite the McGehee injury, San Francisco had to feel confident about their chance to win, especially with Bumgarner on the mound. The left-hander dominated the 2014 MLB postseason, leading the Giants to their third World Series title in five years.
But Bumgarner (1-1) was not sharp against the Padres, allowing five runs on 10 hits in just three innings of work. He struggled to command the strike zone and the San Diego hitters capitalized.
The Padres grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning after four-straight two-out hits. Matt Kemp, who finished the game 4-for-5, started the rally with a double that was followed by three singles by Justin Upton, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.
San Diego pushed the lead to 5-0 during the third inning on the strength of five singles. Middlebrooks recorded his second RBI of the game during the frame as part of a three-hit night for the former Boston third baseman.
“I was battling to put pitches where I wanted to. I just wasn’t very effective,” said Bumgarner, adding that there was a mechanical flaw in his delivery. “I got a little side-to-side with my delivery.”
While Bumgarner was struggling and exiting the game after the third inning, Shields was thriving. He easily dominated the San Francisco lineup, making just one mistake when he allowed an Arias solo home run to lead off the top of the fourth inning.
The Giants, who dropped to 3-3 on the season, will look to regroup as Jake Peavy takes the mound for his first start of the season. Peavy, who started his career as s member of the Padres, will be making his first start in San Diego as a member of a different team.
San Diego will counter with right-hander Tyson Ross, who took a no decision in a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
First pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. EST.