SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2010 World Series that saw Madison Bumgarner announce himself with eight shutout innings in Game 4 was also notable for the Giants beating then-Rangers ace Cliff Lee twice in five games, including Game 1 at AT&T Park when they tagged him for six earned runs.
Bumgarner would've had to have been nearly that good again Monday night to beat Lee, who loves pitching in San Francisco when it's not October. Instead, Bumgarner's first shaky outing of the season happened to coincide with Lee spinning another gem in the Giants' park, where he's now 5-0 with a 0.84 ERA in six regular-season starts.
The Giants managed five hits against Lee. Hunter Pence had three of them and the only two that weren't singles -- a second-inning homer and eighth-inning double. Pence scored both times, and Lee actually erased all three of the Giants' other runners on double plays. They left nobody on base.
"It's pretty simple," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was on top of his game and we just didn't do anything offensively."
Lee had faced one batter over the minimum through the seventh inning. Bumgarner was out of the game by then, having allowed nearly as many runs (five) in six innings as he had (seven earned) in his first six starts.
Bumgarner said the difference Monday was command -- it wasn't as sharp, and when he did make mistakes the Phillies capitalized. He was also clearly frustrated with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez's strike zone early on, approaching Marquez to talk as he was leaving the mound in the third inning. Bochy came out and joined that discussion.
"I didn't want to lose Madison at that point," Bochy said. "I do know the frustration was building up. ... They were having a conversation, that's all."
Bumgarner said he felt he kept his composure and didn't let the frustration affect him on the mound. The Phillies had already done most of their damage against him by that point anyway, scoring three times in the second inning.
Bumgarner wasn't helped on Erik Kratz's infield single up the middle with a man on first and nobody out. Marco Scutaro backhanded the ball and tried to glove-flip it to Brandon Crawford on second, but didn't get anything on the flip. It was originally ruled an error, then changed to a hit.
"He just lost the handle on it," Bochy said. "I think Marco'll tell you normally he handles that play."
There was still a chance for Bumgarner to get out of the inning, though, but he walked Chase Utley with two outs to load the bases and Michael Young followed with a two-run double. Bumgarner then bounced a pitch past Buster Posey that let Utley score.
"He wasn't as sharp," manager Bruce Bochy said of the 23-year-old left-hander, who came in with a 1.55 ERA in his first six outings. "It's hard to be as sharp as he's been every start.
"When you're in a game like this you need to pitch well and play a clean game. We just didn't play as well as we needed to tonight."
Bumgarner was encouraged by the fact that he lasted six innings so as not to further tax a bullpen that worked a lot in the weekend sweep of the Dodgers. Reinforcements arrive Tuesday in the form of Jose Mijares, who was originally expected back before Monday's game but ended up getting into San Francisco late.
The Giants put Mijares on the restricted list -- since his seven days on the bereavement list were up -- and plan to activate him Tuesday, at which time they'll have to decide whether to carry 13 pitchers by optioning out a position player, likely Francisco Peguero.
Pence followed his four-RBI game against the Dodgers on Sunday with another game in which he was the Giants' offense against his former teammate Lee. Pence is batting .360 over his last 11 games and has hit safely in 26 of the Giants' 32 games this season.
"Certain nights guys see the ball well and they're locked in," Bochy said. "That's what it was tonight for Hunter."
Not so for Pablo Sandoval, who struck out twice against Lee and for only the third time this season in a game.
Monday was Willie Mays' 82nd birthday. The crowd sang "Happy Birthday" in the fourth inning to the Say Hey Kid, who was shown in his suite on the video board in center field.
How early did it become apparent that the Giants weren't going to beat Lee tonight? The seagulls started landing on the grass in center field in the top of the seventh inning.
Although, to be fair, after Michael Young hit into a double play to elicit a loud cheer from the crowd, most of the birds took flight again.