Video: Did Madison Bumgarner balk?

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Madison Bumgarner found himself in a pickle in the seventh inning in his start against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night. It was the first real threat the Cardinals had mounted against him, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Yadier Molina and Jon Jay both singled with one out and then advanced a base each when Kolten Wong grounded out to first base.

With a 2-2 count to pinch-hitter Tony Cruz, Bumgarner appeared to balk when he stepped off of the mound but no call was made. Several Cardinals, including manager Mike Matheny, yelled from the dugout, pleading for the call to be made. Bumgarner then struck out Cruz to escape the threat.

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Bumgarner doesn’t think he balked, but said “it was close”, per Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.