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 Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”