ATLANTA — Madison Bumgarner had no-hit stuff, even if therecord book said he didn’t. Bumgarner threw a seven-inning no-hitter, an achievement that won’t officially count but completed a over the Atlanta Braves and a doubleheader sweep Sunday.
Could he have kept the magic going for a nine-inning game?
“I don’t know. There are too many variables,” Bumgarner said. “If it worked for seven, it’sfor two more.”
After Zac Gallen tossed a one-hitter to win the opener 5-0, Bumgarner did even better.
Bumgarner struck out seven, and the only Braves batter who reached base against him came on shortstop Nick Ahmed’s throwingin the second inning.
Bumgarner casually shook hands with catcher Carson Kelly after Marcell Ozuna lined out to end it. Then the rest of the Diamondbacks joined in, and the celebration livened up around the mound.
“I like to keep it pretty low-key,” the stoic lefty said. “They didn’t, which that’s fine, and I appreciate that, too. It’s pretty special for all of us, and like I said, I’m just blessed and fortunate to be able to do that and be alist of no-hitters. MLB’s eight-man committee on statistical accuracy decided 1991 that a no-hitter was a game of nine or more innings that ended with no hits. Other pitchers had come close since Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB switched to seven-inning doubleheaders pandemic.
“It feels good. I want to say two things before I go celebrate with the guys,” Bumgarner said in a TV interview after the game. “I want to thank these shadows in Atlanta. They helped me out a good bit. That was awesome. And I want to thank Rob Manfred for making these seven-inning games.”
There have already been two official no-hitters this season.
Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-no in the history of the San Diego Padres when he topped Texas on April 9Carlos Rodón of theon April 14Atlanta‘s only hit during the afternoon was by reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman. The latter lined a clean single to right-center field off Gallen with one out in the sixth of the opener.
Bumgarner and Gallen, however, are officially credited with shutouts. This made Arizona the first team to throw a pair of complete-game shutouts in a doubleheader since Boston’s Reggie Cleveland and Don Aase at Toronto on September 51977.
Bumgarner (2-2) struck out Ronald Acuña Jr. to begin the seventh, then retired Freeman on a popup that Ahmed went a long way to get. Ozuna lined an easy fly to right fielder Josh Rojas for the final out.
In the 2014 World Series MVP with San Francisco, the 31-year-old Bumgarner retired the last 17 batters after Ozzie Albies reached Ahmed’s error leading off the second.
Making his 300th career start, Bumgarner has won his last two starts with a 0.75 ERA. He posted an 11.19 ERA in his first three starts this.
Bumgarner likes to swing the bat, and he got to the plate before throwing a pitch as thefive runs in the first off Drew Smyly (0-1). Pavin Smith and David Peralta homered during the burst.
Eduardo Escobar added his seventhin the third. Smyly, who came off the Saturday after missing six games with left elbow inflammation, went four innings.
Gallen (1-0) struck out six in the first game, walked two, and hit a batter.
Gallen found out after the game that he wouldn’t have qualified for an official no-hitter in a seven-inning game.
“It wouldn’t have counted, so that makes me feel better that it wasn’t a no-hitter anyway,” the 29-year-old righty said. “The complete-game shutout, I guess, works. That’s fine. We won. It doesn’t matter. That’s the most important part.” Gallen, who finished ninth in the NL Cy Young Award voting last year, threw his first completeleague starts.
Arizona has won six of seven and seven of 10. The Diamondbacks went 7-3 on their.
Stephen Vogt and Kole Calhoun homered off Bryse Wilson (1-1).
Braves manager Brian Snitker said he couldn’t fully explain why hisso much at the plate all afternoon, but he’s grateful that his club, despite being 9-12 after winning the division for three straight years, hasn’t fallen far back in the NL East.
“Nobody’s running away with anything, and that’s a good thing,” Snitker said. “We’re going to hit a stride here at some point and time. It’s good that we’re staying right there. We have five more months to go.to do some perfect things.”
But Sunday was about the Diamondbacks and their pitching.
“What an unbelievable day,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “First of all, Zac goes out and executes, throws a one-hitter, and the Bum follows up with a perfect game. Outside of a defensive miscue, it was an incredible effort by him, and facing the minimum amount of hitters — wow, what else can you say? It was a special day for him.”
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