SAN DIEGO The Giants added eight players to their clubhouse Tuesday, but for left-hander Madison Bumgarner, the mix hasn't changed.
Bumgarner continued to pitch well but again was given little support as the Giants lost to the San Diego Padres, 3-2.
The Giants loaded the bases in the first and got a leadoff double in the third, but they were held scoreless through five innings by Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin.
Bumgarner matched Erlin through four innings, but the Padres broke through in the fifth with doubles by Kyle Blanks and Nick Hundley.
Following a two-out intentional walk of Ronny Cedeno, Erlin gave the Padres a 2-0 lead with his first career hit.
Bumgarner has a 2.67 ERA since the All-Star break but just one win in nine starts, in large part because the lineup has given him just 11 runs of support over that span. The left-hander had just two runs to work with Tuesday, both coming in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Pablo Sandoval and Joaquin Arias.
The lineup had a chance in the top of the seventh to put Bumgarner in line for a win, but Angel Pagan was stranded after a leadoff triple.
In his first appearance since being called back up from Triple-A Fresno, Jake Dunning put runners on the corners in the seventh before giving way to Javier Lopez. A single by Chris Denorfia two batters later gave the Padres the lead.
Manager Bruce Bochy said he would break right-hander Heath Hembree in gently, not in the late innings, and Hembree made his debut with the Giants trailing by a run in the eighth inning. He struck out two of the three hitters he faced in a perfect inning.
Hembree was speaking to reporters when the current Giants closer walked by and saw the number of the former Giants closer.
"Ohhhh!" Sergio Romo said, smiling. "38!"
Clubhouse manager Mike Murphy gave Hembree, a hard-throwing reliever, the number that belonged to former Giants closer Brian Wilson, but for the time being, Hembree is unlikely to follow Wilson's path.
In his final 25 appearances for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, Hembree struck out 28 batters and walked just six. He said the surge came after he started using his secondary pitches more.
"It really helped get people off the fastball a little bit," he said. "I'm using (the slider and changeup) more and in better situations. Throwing them more has made them better. The changeup is still my third pitch, but I've got confidence in it."
The Giants have confidence Hembree can help them in the bullpen next season, and he was one of eight call-ups to join the club.
Bochy said that the players would mostly have limited roles, "but at the same time we're going to be playing to win every game," he said.