Giants ace allows single with two outs in eighth for only runner in shutout
By Oliver Macklin
SAN FRANCISCO -- For 7 2/3 innings of the Giants' 8-0 win over the Padres on Saturday night, Madison Bumgarner was flawless. But with one swing, Melvin Upton Jr. turned a potentially historic performance into just another dominant outing from one of the game's best pitchers.
Upton, who entered his at-bat in the eighth inning 0-for-10 with six strikeouts against Bumgarner, laced a fastball back up the box to break up the left-hander's perfect game.
"I'm sure he's disappointed, but he didn't show it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "After that hit, he threw the ball great."
Bumgarner retired the last four batters he faced to finish off his 10th career complete game (fourth this season) and fifth career shutout. He picked up his 18th win of the season, matching his career high from 2014.
"The goal is to go out there and win games and that's it," Bumgarner said. "But at the same time, you like to be the guy who starts the game and also finishes it."
The Giants' ace worked the corners of the strike zone with absolute precision until the 99th pitch he threw caught the heart of the plate, allowing Upton to drive the ball through the middle of the infield and become the Padres' first man to reach base.