Update #2 (10:32 PM EDT): The Giants tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when Brandon Belt hit a two-run double. Bumgarner proceeded to strike out Yasmany Tomas, but Jake Lamb broke up the no-hit bid with a line drive single to right field.
Update (10:11 PM EDT): In a brisk eight-pitch seventh inning, Bumgarner struck out Michael Bourn, then induced consecutive ground outs — 6-3 and 5-3, respectively — from Paul Goldschmidt and Welington Castillo. He’s two innings away from completing a no-hitter.
Madison Bumgarner, who has been replaced on the National League All-Star roster because of starting on Sunday night, is in the midst of a no-hit bid against the Diamondbacks. The lefty was working on a perfect game until a fielding error by Gregor Blanco with two outs in the fifth inning. Thus far, Bumgarner has faced one over the minimum, walking none and striking out 12 on 86 pitches over six innings.
The Giants gave Bumgarner some early run support, scoring twice in the first inning against D’Backs starter Archie Bradley. Buster Posey hit an RBI single and Brandon Crawford brought in the second run on a sacrifice fly.
If Bumgarner can finish the no-hitter, it would be the second of the season and the Giants’ first since Chris Heston on June 9 last year against the Mets. Bumgarner, shockingly, has yet to toss a no-hitter in his career.
We’ll keep you updated as Bumgarner attempts to keep the Diamondbacks hitless in the final three innings.
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.”