The last image of Madison Bumgarner pitching at Oracle Park as a Giant could be of him walking off the mound with trainer Dave Groeschner.
Bumgarner walked back to the home dugout after throwing his warmup pitches prior to the third inning Saturday night in San Francisco. He completed just two innings of work in what could be his last home start before the July 31 trade deadline.
Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez, the second batter Bumgarner had faced, crushed a line drive with an exit velocity of 98.3 mph right back at Bumgarner in the top of the first inning. The liner nailed the big left-hander right above the elbow on his throwing arm.
Here’s the ball that hit Bumgarner on the arm and eventually knocked him out of the game pic.twitter.com/i8Ucv7rugk— Jake Hutchinson (@hutchdiesel) July 7, 2019
Here is a screenshot of the swelling that immediately appeared on Bumgarner's left arm.
Look at the welt José Martínez put on Madison Bumgarner's pitching arm with a liner pic.twitter.com/RYdHanJf5S— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 7, 2019
X-rays came back negative. Bumgarner sustained a left elbow contusion.
After consulting with Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy, and testing out his arm, Bumgarner stayed in the game. But he didn't last much longer.
Bumgarner allowed four hits and one earned run over two innings while striking out two batters.
Soon after staying in the game, Bumgarner made history. The next batter, he struck out shortstop Paul DeJong to move past Tim Lincecum for the second-most strikeouts in the Giants' San Francisco era. He now has 1,706 career strikeouts.
If the Giants keep their same rotation after the All-Star break, Bumgarner would only have one home start left before the trade deadline.
For what has been a legendary run, the last image of Bumgarner pitching as a Giant in San Francisco could be one to forget.