Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner no-hits Braves, however does not get credit score for it


Formally, Madison Bumgarner threw a complete-game shutout Sunday. Unofficially, the Diamondbacks left-hander additionally threw a no-hitter.

The rationale for the latter is that the sport was solely scheduled for seven innings because the nightcap of a doubleheader between the D-backs and Braves. MLB’s criterion since 1991 has been {that a} pitcher has to throw 9 hitless innings to obtain credit score for a no-no.  

Had the recreation gone to further innings and Bumgarner thrown two extra hitless frames, then he would have gotten the popularity. Arizona received 7-0 after scoring 5 runs within the first, in order that wasn’t a lot of a chance. 

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None of that takes away from what MadBum did in the most effective begin of his two-year tenure with Arizona: He allowed only one baserunner, and that wasn’t even his fault. Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed dedicated a throwing error on Ozzie Albies’ floor ball to open the second inning.

Bumgarner induced a double play from the subsequent batter, Travis d’Arnaud, after which retired the subsequent 16 Atlanta hitters, which means he confronted the minimal 21 batters within the recreation.

If you wish to ignore MLB’s logic, Bumgarner threw the third no-hitter of the 2021 season, becoming a member of the Padres’ Joe Musgrove and White Sox’s Carlos Rodon. And he nonetheless made baseball historical past as the primary pitcher to go hitless since MLB instituted seven-inning video games for doubleheaders final 12 months as a part of COVID-19 protocols.

Official or not, MadBum advised reporters (per MLB.com) he was was “fairly proud” of the feat, which he mentioned “has acquired to be up there” with the opposite prime accomplishments in his profession.  

He additionally discovered a option to have enjoyable with it.

“I need to say two issues, then I’ll have fun with the blokes: I need to thank these shadows in Atlanta; they helped me out an excellent bit. That is fairly superior. And I need to thank (MLB commissioner) Rob Manfred for making these seven-inning video games,” he advised Bally Sports activities Arizona. The sport started at 4:17 p.m. ET below sunny skies and ended at 6:28 p.m. ET.

Arizona, actually, got here extraordinarily near having double no-hit performances within the twinbill. Proper-hander Zac Gallen threw a seven-inning one-hitter in Recreation 1, with the lone hit coming within the sixth inning by Freddie Freeman.

“We simply did not have it at this time,” Freeman advised reporters, per MLB.com. “It is April. We’re OK. It is simply that April 25 wasn’t the Atlanta Braves’ day. We’ll come again tomorrow and go get them.”

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