Madison Bumgarner working on a shutout heading into the eighth inning of NLCS Game 1

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Madison Bumgarner danced out of trouble in the seventh inning to keep his shutout alive in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals. It was the first time the Cardinals mounted a credible threat against the left-hander, as they were limited to two hits and a walk through the first six innings.

In the seventh, the Cardinals hit back-to-back singles and both runners subsequently advanced a base on Kolten Wong’s ground out to first base. Bumgarner appeared to balk when he stepped off of the mound while facing pinch-hitter Tony Cruz, but there was no call and Bumgarner eventually struck Cruz out to keep his shutout intact.

Bumgarner has thrown 104 pitches so it seems unlikely he’ll be able to finish the job. The lefty set and is now extending a post-season record, having thrown 26 consecutive scoreless innings on the road in the playoffs.