ATLANTA – Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter, an achievement that will not go into official Major League Baseball records, and completed a dominant pitching day for the Arizona Diamondbacks by beating the Atlanta 7-0 on Sunday. Braves to sweep the doubleheader.
After Zac Gallen pitched a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 win in Game 1, Bumgarner was even better.
Bumgarner struck out seven and the only Braves hitter to reach base was thanks to shortstop Nick Ahmed’s misfire in the second inning.
Bumgarner casually celebrated with catcher Carson Kelly after flipping Marcell Ozuna for the last out. The rest of the Diamondbacks joined in celebrating around the mound.
Officially, Bumgarner’s gem will not be making the Major League Baseball no-hitter list. MLB’s eight-member commission on statistical accuracy decided in 1991 that a no-hitter was a game of at least nine innings in which no outright was allowed.
“It feels good. I just want to say two things before I go to celebrate with the boys, “said Bumgarner in a television interview at the end of the meeting. “I want to thank these shadows in Atlanta, they helped me a lot. That was incredible. And I want to thank Rob Manfred for these seven-inning games. “
Drew Smyly (0-1) took the backhand, allowing five runs and four strikeouts, with two walks in four innings.
David Peralta and Josh Rojas drove in two runs each.
The Braves’ only hit all day was Freddie Freeman’s single to right-center field with one out in the sixth inning of the first game.
Gallen, who finished ninth in the NL Cy Young Award voting last season, struck out six, walked two and hit an enemy. It was his first complete game in 30 major league starts.
Gallen pitches shutout against Braves
Zac Gallen throws a gem in the first game of the doubleheader, striking out six Braves in seven scoreless innings for the Diamondbacks.
The 29-year-old right-hander improved his record to 6-5 with a 2.72 ERA since making his debut with the Diamondbacks on August 7, 2019. He started the game with 2.84 earned runs since coming to the majors on June 20, 2019 with Miami – the eighth-lowest ERA in that span with at least 150 innings of work.
Arizona has won six of its last seven games and seven of its last ten.
Bryse Wilson (1-1) allowed four hits, including both home runs, in four innings. Wilson was 0-1 with a 9.18 ERA in six day game appearances.
The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Josh VanMeter walked and Vogt hit his third homer of the year from the right-field stands.