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.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.