SAN FRANCISCO – Evan Longoria and Darin Ruf launched back-to-back home runs in the second inning and the Giants spoiled Madison Bumgarner’s return to San Francisco with a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Bumgarner (0-4) came off the injured list to make his first start in nearly a month after recovering from a mid-back strain. The left-hander allowed two earned runs on three hits in four innings, striking out two and walking a pair in his first-ever appearance against his former team.
“I can find a lot of positive stuff about it for me,” Bumgarner said. “I feel pretty good about it, where we’re at. I made more than one mistake, but there’s one that cost me, to Longoria, I threw it about where I wanted to do. I was debating whether to throw that cutter up and in or down and in. Obviously now looking back I should have gone with the down and in option.”
Added Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo: “I thought he had a good mixture of pitches, maybe missed a couple of them, and you give up a couple of solo home runs. That’s part of the game. But I think we’re going to see him build off what he did today.”
Bumgarner spent his first 11 seasons with the Giants, winning three championships and the 2014 World Series MVP. His 119 wins are third-most in San Francisco history and his 1,794 strikeouts rank second. He signed an $85 million, five-year contract with the Diamondbacks during the offseason.
“It felt good just to be back in a big league game, even as different as it is this year,” Bumgarner noted. “But I was just excited to be back out there and see the stuff starting to pick up a little bit for me, even if it’s marginal. But we’re trending in the right direction, I guess, with the stuff and the way I felt, making pitches. So I was pretty happy about it.”
Giants starter Trevor Cahill, who pitched for Arizona from 2012-14, only lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits and two walks. The right-hander exited his last start with left hip discomfort, but his MRI the following morning came back clean.
“We were going to monitor his hip closely during that outing,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler explained. “We knew that it was going to be a shorter outing. We didn’t necessarily anticipate it being that short, but he wasn’t especially crisp and looked a little bit more like the version of Trevor Cahill later in his last start. He’s OK. He came out fine. We don’t have health concerns about it.”