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Monday BP: Madison Bumgarner threw a no-hitter, kind of

The former Giants ace threw a 7-inning no-no.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Hello and happy Monday. Is it Monday? I think it’s Monday. Here we go again.

The San Francisco Giants won on Sunday, behind a Logan Webb performance that evoked memories of Madison Bumgarner. Webb pitched 7 shutout innings, struck out 8 batters, and had the biggest hit of the night in the form of a 2-run triple.

Never mind the fact that Bumgarner has never actually hit a triple. Pitching a stellar game and providing all the offense that is needed is a page straight out of Bumgarner’s Giants book.

And while Webb was doing his best Bumgarner impression, Bumgarner was ... also doing his best Bumgarner impression.

MadBum’s post-Giants tenure has not been fun to watch. After posting a 6.48 ERA in his first season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he opened up 2021 even worse. Through his first 4 starts he’d allowed 18 runs in 18.2 innings.

And then, on Sunday, he finally broke through with the achievement we all expected to happen during his Giants days: a no-hitter.

Kind of.

Bumgarner pitched the second game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, but because of MLB’s pandemic rules, the game was only 7 innings long. Still, in those 7 innings, he allowed nary a hit or walk, with Atlanta’s only baserunner coming via error. He retired former teammate Ehire Adrianza and outdueled the lefty who took his spot in the rotation, Drew Smyly, all while Pablo Sandoval watched.

And now he can finally add “no-hitter” to his illustrious career.

Kind of.

Old, random MCC article for you to read

Tim Lincecum never homered as a Giant, and that bothers me (May 17, 2016 — Doug Bruzzone)

Giants links

What time do the Giants play today?

The Giants play the Rockies today at 6:45 p.m. PT.

Have a stellar Monday, folks.