This is why Madison Bumgarner is no ordinary 23-year-old major-league pitcher.
He just lost a no-hit bid in the sixth inning Friday night on a dumb Texas League single by Chris Johnson that fell among three teammates chasing it. Bumgarner’s only visible reaction was a couple of big sniffs of his nose, no doubt loading up for one of his famous snot rockets.
He simply returned to work, striking out pinch-hitter Reed Johnson and getting Andrelton Simmons to end the inning with a double play. Bumgarner blanked the Braves on two hits over seven innings and earned his team-high sixth win in the Giants’ 6-0 victory.
- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
After seldom-used A’s reliever Jesse Chavez held the Yankees scoreless for the final 5 2/3 innings of the teams’ 18-inning marathon Thursday, New York slugger Mark Teixeira sent a tip of the cap Chavez’s way through MLB.com: “The last guy they threw was the best guy we faced all day,” Teixeira told the website. “That guy is nasty.”
After his game-saving outing Thursday – Chavez entered in the 13th inning, stranded five runners in his first two innings and allowed one hit in 71 pitches – he has a 1.83 ERA in 10 appearances. Chavez has struck out 18 batters and allowed 14 hits in 19 2/3 innings – a stark contrast to his career 5.96 ERA in 156 games before this year.
- Matt Kawahara, Sacramento Bee
The players must be intolerant of failure and execute. In the past, they have not always done both. They made the same mistakes, like following the puck instead of defending their zone or man, looking for the pretty play instead of playing the simple game, not playing the full 60 minutes and lacking intensity and sacrifice in May.
This season, a team depleted of scoring ran into a goalie that was hard to beat. They have developed a new identity, finishing second in the NHL in blocked shots, and had only one truly bad game in the 11 Stanley Cup playoff contests they played.
That McLellan made progress with a team that went from a skilled offensive team to a shut-down defensive team is enough reason to know he is the right man to move forward with.
- MJ Kasprzak, Examiner.com