SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 19: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning at AT&T Park on April 19, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Most baseball experts will tell you it's easier to score runs when you don't strike out. The Padres learned that lesson the hard way in San Francisco.
14 whiffs by Padres hitters (who drew all of zero walks) led to a 3-2 loss to the Giants on Friday night. Madison Bumgarner punched out 10 in six inning of work, but he settled for a no-decision because of one mistake in the 6th.
Bumgarner left a pitch out over the plate and Chase Headley pounded it in to the left field bleachers for his first homer of the year. Headley also has 3 RBI, so he's tied for 2nd on the Padres in HR and 4th in runs batted in, and he's only played two games.
Angel Pagan drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th with a liner to the right field corner off of Luke Gregerson. Giants hitters only struck out four times in the game.