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.
First baseman José Abreu and starter Jake Odorizzi have accepted their $17.8 million qualifying offers from the White Sox and Twins, respectively, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Reliever Will Smith signed a three-year contract with the Braves ahead of Thursday’s 5 PM ET deadline to accept or reject the qualifying offer.
The remaining seven players — Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, and Marcell Ozuna — have rejected their qualifying offers, per Passan. They are officially free agents and will have draft pick compensation attached to them, a potential deterrent for some interested teams.
The QO is unlikely to materially affect the fates of Cole, Rendon, and Strasburg, but it could limit the markets for the other four players. Reliever Craig Kimbrel and starter Dallas Keuchel both had draft pick compensation attached to them after the 2018 season and didn’t end up signing until June. It seems unlikely that Wheeler, Bumgarner, Donaldson, and Ozuna would have to wait until June next year to sign but it may take a while for their markets to develop.