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Madison Bumgarner loses perfect game in the eighth inning against the Padres

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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.

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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.

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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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”