Madison Bumgarner was close to history last night in his 1-hit shutout of the Colorado Rockies. In fact, Bumgarner was perfect up until the 8th inning when Justin Morneau became the first Rockies player to reach base.
Bumgarner struck out 13 batters and did not issue any walks in the game – a complete game shutout of the Rockies. In fact, had it not been Morneau’s double in the 8th, it would have been the perfect night for Bumgarner. He tied his record for most strikeouts in a game, and just one shy of tying the Giants record of 14.
He’s also leading the NL in most double-digit strikeouts this season.
Madison Bumgarner: NL-best 6th double-digit strikeout game this season (Kershaw, Greinke & Strasburg each have 5 )
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 27, 2014
A video highlight is below so you can relieve it (or see it for the first time).
Offensively, Buster Posey provided all the offense the Giants would need, but he did it on 2 home runs, his second career multi-homerun game.
Defensively, the Giants gave Bumgarner a fighting chance at perfect all night long, and none was better than a first inning grab by Gregor Blanco in left field, long before Blanco even knew what the night may hold.
Check out the video below. If it doesn’t embed, you can see it directly here: Bumgarner’s one-hit shutout