Update (11:28 PM EDT): Bumgarner lost his perfect game in the eighth inning, Justin Upton grounded out to shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who made a nice play in the hole to get the first out. Jedd Gyorko then popped out to right field. But pinch-hitter Melvin Upton, Jr. ripped a single back up the middle to end both the perfect game and the no-hitter.
Update (11:07 PM EDT): Bumgarner struck out Wil Myers, got Derek Norris to line out to second base, and induced a 6-3 ground out from Matt Kemp. He’s perfect through seven innings on 84 pitches.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner is perfect through six innings in Saturday night’s start against the Padres. He’s thrown 76 pitches and struck out seven.
The Giants have provided the lefty with plenty of run support, scoring four times in the fourth inning and three times in the fifth. Bumgarner is 0-for-3 at the plate. He leads all pitchers in home runs with five.
We’ll keep you updated as Bumgarner attempts to remain perfect over the final three frames. He has yet to throw a no-hitter. Felix Hernandez was the last pitcher to throw a perfect game, doing so on August 15, 2012 against the Rays at Safeco Field.
Bumgarner entered Saturday’s start with a 3.05 ERA with a 203/32 K/BB ratio in 188 2/3 innings this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.