It will eventually happen for Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants. The left hander from South Caldwell High had a perfect game going into the eighth inning before Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies broke it up with a lead-off double.
Bumgarner had retired 21 straight before Morneau broke up his no-hit bid. But that was the extent of Colorado's offense Tuesday night as the Giants defeated the Rockies 3-0 at AT&T Field. The win leaves San Francisco 1 1/2 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves for the second and final wildcard spot in the National League playoff race. The Giants trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by five games in the NL West.
Bumgarner (15-9) threw his fourth complete game and his second shutout of the season. Bumgarner also matched his career high with 13 strikeouts. Bumgarner now has 192 strikeouts in 185 innings this season, and he lowered his earned-run-average to 3.02.
Bumgarner had a season-high 12 strikeouts in his last outing (a win) against the Chicago Cubs on August 21 at Wrigley Field. Bumgarner is 4-2 in his last eight starts with 57 strikeouts with a 2.08 ERA.
Buster Posey homered twice for the Giants (69-62) Tuesday night, who snapped their three-game losing streak.
Photo Courtesy: Madison Bumgarner, PHOTO SUBMITTED