BUMGARNER’S NEAR PERFECT NIGHT… LHP Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career-high of 13 strikeouts last night…he retired his first 21 batters before Justin Morneau doubled down the right-field line to start the 8th, ending his perfect game bid through 7.0 innings, the longest such bid of his career…Bumgarner threw 103 pitches, never more than 15 in one inning.
DOUBLE-DIGIT STRIKEOUT LEADER… Bumgarner’s 13 strikeouts last night marked his NL-best sixth double-digit strikeout game this season (Kershaw, Greinke and Strasburg each have five).
ELITE COMPANY… Bumgarner became the fourth left-handed pitcher in the last 50 years to throw a shutout with 0/1 hits allowed while recording 13-plus strikeouts and no walks…the others to accomplish this are Sandy Koufax (Sept. 9, 1965 vs. CHC), Randy Johnson (May 18, 2004 at ATL) and Clayton Kershaw (June 18, 2014 vs. COL) (ESPN Stats & Info).
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 17-for-his-last-41 (.415) with six 2Bs, three HRs and 22 RBI with RISP.
MICHAEL MORSE… Is hitting .352 (19-for-54) with one HR and nine RBI in his past 17 games.
HUNTER PENCE… Ranks second in NL in runs (89) and in hits (154), tied for fourth in multi-hit games (44).
GREGOR BLANCO… Has seven hits in his last 16 at-bats (.438) and is batting .307 (31×101) over his last 39 games.
BUSTER POSEY… Recorded his second career multi-homer game last night.
BUSTER POSEY… Has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, going 18×53 (.340) w/ eight RBI and eight XBHs.
IN THE STANDINGS… The Giants, who are just 7.0 games over .500, are 5.0 games behind the ! rst-place Dodgers in the NL West and hold 1.5 game lead over the Braves and Pirates for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.