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Jordan Lyles loses bid for perfect game with one out in eighth inning against Rockies

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Update (5:28 PM ET): Lyles struck out Carlos Gonzalez, but Trevor Story then broke up the perfect game bid with a single to left field. The strikeout of Gonzalez was his 10th of the afternoon, matching a career-high. Lyles then walked Pat Valaika and was relieved by Kirby Yates, who struck out Tony Wolters. Brad Hand then came in, walking Charlie Blackmon to load the bases, then got Ian Desmond to line out to center to end the inning. Lyles’ final line: 7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K on 85 pitches.

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Update (5:18 PM ET): In the top of the seventh, Lyles struck out David Dahl, got Gerardo Parra to fly out to left field, then got Nolan Arenado to ground out to third. Lyles is perfect through seven. He has thrown 72 pitches.

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Padres starter Jordan Lyles has set down 18 consecutive Rockie batters over six innings thus far in Tuesday afternoon’s start at Petco Park. He has struck out eight while throwing just 62 pitches.

Eric Hosmer provided some early run support for Lyles, lifting a two-run home run to right-center field in the first inning against Rockies starter German Marquez. Christian Villanueva added two more runs with a home run to left field in the bottom of the sixth.

Lyles, 27, has had a rough career, entering the 2018 season with an aggregate 5.43 ERA across parts of seven seasons with the Astros and Rockies. He has been solid for the Padres this season, entering Tuesday’s action with a 3.28 ERA with a 22/8 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings across one start and 13 relief appearances.

Major League Baseball hasn’t seen a perfect game since the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez accomplished the feat on August 15, 2012 against the Rays. The Padres have never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game. The Rockies were last no-hit by the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw on June 18, 2014. They haven’t been on the bad end of a perfect game. The 2018 season has already seen three no-hitters from Sean Manaea and James Paxton, as well as a combined no-hitter from Walker Buehler and the Dodgers’ bullpen.

We’ll keep you updated as Lyles attempts to stay perfect over the final three innings.

Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal.

Your first impression of that may be “what? how?” A lot of that, however, is probably bound up in your understandable feeling that Bumgarner is too old to get that kind of scratch. But then you remember that, oh wait, he’s somehow still only 30 years-old. Indeed, he’s only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly.

Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he’s not the ace he was a few years ago, but he’s coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019. He would be a fine addition to the top — or at last near the top — of a contender’s rotation.

The White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Braves, Padres, and Yankees have all been mentioned among possible landing spots. Figure his market to heat up a good bit once Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg sign and some of those contenders start looking for fallback options.