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Bumgarner Strikes Out 14, Falls Just Short in No Hit Bid

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Bumgarner gives up 1 hit in 14K masterpiece

The San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Sunday night, behind a 1 hit shutout from All-star ace Madison Bumgarner.  Bumgarner cruised through the first 4 innings with out giving up a base runner, striking out 8 Arizona batters in the process.

Arizona’s first base runner, Jake Lamb reached on an error by CF Gregor Blanco. Unfazed by the error Bumgarner bounced back by striking out 3 of the next 7 batters, leaving Arizona hit less through 7 innings and giving him 13 strikeouts on the evening. In the bottom of the 7th inning the Giants managed to push across 2 runs with a 2 out rally that was started by All-star first basemen Brandon Belt.

Following 2 out singles from Belt and Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford drove them both home with a 2 RBI double to push the Giants lead to 4-0. Bumgarner began the 8th inning by striking out Yasmany Tomas, to push his no hitter bid to 7 1/3 innings, 1 out away from matching his previous no hit attempt.

Jake Lamb then stepped to the plate and delivered a sharp single to right to break up the No Hit bid, just as he had managed to break up the perfect game in his previous at bat. Despite losing the no hit bid, Bumgarner managed to get the very next batter to ground in to an inning ending double play.

Bumgarner then came out to throw the 9th inning, allowing a lead off walk to Rickie Weeks Jr, followed by a popout by Nick Ahmed, and Jean Segura to ground into a game ending double play. Bumgarner finished the complete game shutout with a line of 1H 1BB 14K 9IP, lowering his season ERA to 1.94 in the process With this gem, the Giants finished the first half of the season at an impressive 57-33, good for the best record in baseball.