Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau.
He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it – the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander.
Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
The two-time All-Star retired the first 21 batters before Morneau doubled down the right field line to end the bid for perfection. That was the only baserunner Bumgarner (15-9) gave up. He fanned the next three hitters.
“I was going to try to bounce a curveball,” Bumgarner said. “I think it would have probably bounced if he (wouldn’t have) hit it. He’s a good hitter and he was in there being aggressive. He happened to…
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