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Madison Bumgarner hurls seven inning no-hitter

by David Shovein
Updated On: April 26, 2021, 10:47 am ET

Madison Bumgarner hurls seven inning no-hitter

Madison Bumgarner made history on Sunday afternoon (or did he?) becoming the first pitcher in big league history to complete an official seven-inning game as part of a doubleheader without allowing a hit.

The question swirling around the Twitter-verse and across Major League Baseball late Sunday afternoon is whether or not Bumgarner’s fine accomplishment actually counts as a no-hitter.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the league and the Elias Sports Bureau were still in discussion on whether or not a seven-inning no-hitter would qualify as an official no-hitter. Heyman notes that MLB seems to be in favor of it, but that nothing had been decided officially.

Either way, it was a heck of a performance by the Diamondbacks’ southpaw. He fired 73 of his 98 pitches for strikes in the contest and generated 10 whiffs (CSW rate of 30%). Bumgarner didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven in the game. The only baserunner against him came when Ozzie Albies reached on an error to begin the second inning, and he was immediately erased on a double play. 

When asked after the game whether or not Bumgarner felt his accomplishment should count as an official no-hitter, he told reporters “I didn’t give up any hits today. I’m not in control of how many innings we’re playing”. It’s hard to refute that.

During his 11 years of dominance with the San Francisco Giants, the 31-year-old hurler had never pitched a no-hitter. Even with his brilliant effort on Sunday, his numbers on the season haven’t been great, as he owns a troublesome 6.31 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 27/9 K/BB ratio across 25 2/3 innings.

As good of a day as it was for Bumgarner and company, it was an absolutely brutal day for the Braves offense. Prior to being held hitless by Bumgarner in the second game of their doubleheader, the Braves tallied a grand total of one hit (a sixth inning single by Freddie Freeman) against Zac Gallen while being shut out in the opener. Woof.

 

Tatis-Mania Continues

If back-to-back multi-homer games against the Dodgers wasn’t enough for Fernando Tatis Jr., the 22-year-old superstar stuffed the box score again on Sunday as the Padres rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Dodgers in 11 innings in the finale of their four-game weekend set in Los Angeles.

Tatis got the Padres on the board with a solo shot off of Dustin May in the fourth inning, which was smashed with an exit velocity of 104.2 mph and traveled an estimated 408 feet. He also singled, walked twice, stole two bases and scored four runs in the ballgame. The final run scored came in the 11th inning, after he swiped third and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Eric Hosmer

Perhaps that shoulder injury isn't bothering him as much as some thought it would. Tatis Jr. is now tied for the major league lead with seven long balls to go along with a .246/.338/.632 slash line, nine RBI and four stolen bases.

He also became the first player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs and steal 30 bases in his first 162 career games. Pretty impressive.

 

Starting Pitchers with an EDGE

Zac Gallen - 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K

27% CSW, 11 swinging strikes

While teammate Madison Bumgarner stole the show by holding the Braves without a hit in the second game of their doubleheader on Sunday, Gallen was pretty dominant in his own right in the opener -- allowing just a one-out single to Freddie Freeman in the sixth inning. So far, so good since his return from the injured list as Gallen has compiled a 2.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio across 16 2/3 innings. Fantasy managers who were able to buy in at a discounted price after the injury during spring training -- job well done.

Dustin May - 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 K

40% CSW, 13 swinging strikes

Had the Padres not rallied from a 7-1 deficit to beat the Dodgers in extra innings on Sunday, Dustin May would have been the top story from that contest. The 23-year-old hurler racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts while posting a ridiculous CSW rate of 40%. The only run he surrendered in his six frames was a solo shot to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the fourth. For the season, May sports a stellar 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 32/5 K/BB ratio across 21 1/3 innings.

Michael Kopech - 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 10 K

39% CSW, 14 swinging strikes

Michael Kopech looked extremely impressive Sunday’s spot start against the Rangers, striking out a career high 10 batters over five innings of one-run baseball. The only damage done against him came on a solo homer off the bat of David Dahl. Kopech generated 14 whiffs on the afternoon (11 on his fastball) and posted an elite 39% CSW rate. He’ll likely head back to the bullpen with the impending return of Lance Lynn, but Kopech owns a tremendous 1.72 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 27/4 K/BB ratio across 15 2/3 innings on the season.
 

Brandon Woodruff - 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K

32 % CSW, 12 swinging strikes

While rotation-mate Corbin Burnes has been getting all the buzz through the first month of the regular season, Woodruff has been pretty outstanding in his own right. He twirled another gem on Sunday, limiting the Cubs to just two hits over six shutout innings. The 28-year-old hurler boasts a 1.55 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 34/8 K/BB ratio across 29 innings through his first five starts of the season.

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Hitters with an EDGE

Austin Hays - 2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB

Austin Hays played a large role in snapping the Athletics’ 13-game winning streak on Sunday, smacking a pair of home runs and driving in three as the Orioles crushed Jesus Luzardo and company 8-1. Both of his long balls came off of the A’s southpaw. For the season now, Hays is slashing .267/.290/.500 with two homers and five RBI in his first eight games.

Franmil Reyes - 3-for-4, HR, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB

Franmil Reyes filled up the box score in Sunday’s victory over the Yankees, crushing a go-ahead three-run homer off of Jameson Taillon in the fourth inning. He also tripled and scored a run in the sixth inning and also swiped his first base of the season in the game. The homer was his first since April 10, snapping an 11-game drought.

Tyler O’Neill - 2-for-3, 2 HR

Tyler O’Neill returned from the injured list over the weekend and made his presence known on Sunday with a pair of solo home runs in a victory over the Reds. O’Neill victimized Luis Castillo for both of his blasts. Given the current state of the Cardinals outfield, playing time shouldn’t be difficult to come by, making O’Neill an intriguing addition in all mixed leagues where he’s available given his tantalizing blend of power and speed.

Bryce Harper - 2-for-4, 2 HR

Bryce Harper crushed a pair of solo homers off of Jon Gray at Coors Field on Sunday, but it accounted for the entirety of the Phillies offense in a losing effort. Harper has been locked in at the plate -- slashing a robust .338/.471/.662 with six long balls and 10 RBI on the season.

 

EDGE Priority Pickup

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If you were to look at a graph of C.J. Cron’s draft stock from the past few months, it would be like watching a roller coaster. Cron sat outside the top 300 picks overall for most of the winter, then shot up draft boards after signing with the Rockies and landing a starting gig as their everyday first baseman. He wound up going in the top 150 players overall in most drafts in late March, but his stock has fallen off after a miserably slow start saw him hitting just .182/.308/.250 with no homers and three RBI through his first 14 games. He has started to show signs of life though. Cron homered on Sunday -- for the third time in his last five games -- and should be owned in most mixed leagues at this point -- certainly more than just 41%.

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Closing Time

Mark Melancon closed out the Dodgers in the 11th inning on Sunday earning his league-leading eighth save in eight chances on the year. So much for the closer by committee that many expected entering the season. Melancon has been nothing short of outstanding thus far.

Matt Barnes rebounded from a rough outing on Friday -- striking out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Mariners to record his fourth save of the season.

Rafael Dolis recorded the final four outs to protect a one-run lead against the Rays. Even with Jordan Romano back in the fold, it looks like Dolis may have some staying power in the ninth inning, or at the very least will still be part of a committee there.

Raisel Iglesias worked a scoreless ninth inning ot protect a two-run lead against the Astros, earning his third save of the season. He remains as firmly entrenched in his ninth inning role as nearly any other closer in the league.

Alex Reyes made things interesting in the ninth inning on Sunday, allowing a double and a pair of walks, but was ultimately able to pitch himself out of any trouble. He has now converted each of his first five save chances on the season and his job security continues to grow by the day.

The most interesting save chance of the night came from the Giants, where Tyler Rogers was called upon to protect a two-run lead in the ninth inning against the Marlins (Jake McGee had worked back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday, but did not pitch Saturday). Rogers wound up allowing a run, but still converted the opportunity. He looks to be next in line should McGee wind up missing any significant time.

 

Monday’s Matchup of the Day

Corbin Burnes (MIL) vs. Trevor Rogers (MIA)

There are a few intriguing pitching matchups on tap for Monday -- as well as Shohei Ohtani (who is always must-watch) taking on the Rangers -- but my primary focus will be on Corbin Burnes against Trevor Rogers in Milwaukee. Burnes has been phenomenal through his first four starts, registering a minuscule 0.37 ERA, 0.33 WHIP and jaw-dropping 40/0 K/BB ratio through 24 1/3 innings to begin the season. He’s already set the big league record for most strikeouts by a starting pitcher to begin a season before issuing his first walk, and he’ll try to extend that dominance against the Marlins. He also has a ridiculous CSW rate of 38.3% for the season. 

Rogers, meanwhile, has been pretty dominant in his own right. The 23-year-old southpaw has compiled a 1.64 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 31/10 K/BB ratio across 22 innings through his first four starts. Rogers also owns an outstanding CSW rate on the season of 34.2%. He’ll be taking on a depleted Brewers lineup that’s missing superstar outfielder Christian Yelich.

 

American League Quick Hits: The Yankees announced that Deivi Garcia will be recalled from the team’s alternate site to start on Monday against the Orioles… George Springer (oblique, quad) is expected to make his long-awaited Blue Jays debut on Tuesday… Nick Margevicius is set to undergo an MRI exam on his pitching shoulder… Mike Trout sat out his third consecutive game with a sore elbow… Astros manager Dusty Baker indicated that Jose Altuve (COVID-19) should be activated “sometime early next week”... Alex Verdugo (hamstring) is not expected to return to the Red Sox lineup until Wednesday… Hyun-Jin Ryu was forced to exit Sunday’s start in the fourth inning due to a right glute strain. It’s unclear if he’ll be ready to make his next start on Saturday… Dylan Bundy fanned six over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros… Yuli Gurriel stayed hot with a two-run blast in a losing effort against the Angels… Shohei Ohtani clubbed his league-leading seventh home run of the season in that win for the Angels… Jose Abreu homered and drove in three as the White Sox topped the Rangers… Luis Patino struck out three over 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in his Rays debut on Sunday… Danny Duffy struck out a season high eight batters over five scoreless innings in a victory over the Tigers… Miguel Cabrera (biceps) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to the Tigers lineup… Whit Merrifield swiped a pair of bases in a victory over the Tigers.

National League Quick Hits: Trea Turner left Sunday’s game with a left forearm contusion. He’s fine and should return to the lineup on Tuesday… Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced that Christian Yelich’s (back) MRI did not reveal anything significant… Tommy Pham was pulled from Sunday night’s game against the Dodgers due to left calf tightness. It isn’t clear how long he’ll be sidelined… Mike Yastrzemski left Sunday’s game against the Marlins due to left oblique tightness… Wilmer Flores was forced to leave Sunday’s game due to illness. He’s considered day-to-day… Jonathan India was pulled from Sunday’s game as a precautionary measure after taking a 90 mph pitch off of his head… C.J. Cron went 4-for-5 with a homer as the Rockies demolished the Phillies… Eduardo Escobar smacked his seventh home run of the season as the Diamondbacks destroyed the Braves… Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs as the Pirates topped the Twins… Jake Arrieta struck out eight over six innings of one-run ball in a tough-luck loss to the Brewers… Jack Flaherty punched out six over seven strong innings in a win over the Reds… J.D. Davis went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI, leading the Mets past the Nationals… Taijuan Walker fired seven scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn a victory there.

David Shovein

Dave Shovein is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveShovein.