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.

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

Fan hit by foul ball during Sunday’s Rockies-Dodgers game

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Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.

After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”

Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium. [Update: Netting will be extended, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.]

Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”