Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner no-hits Braves, but doesn’t get credit for it

Officially, Madison Bumgarner threw a complete-game shutout Sunday. Unofficially, the Diamondbacks left-hander also threw a no-hitter.

The reason for the latter is that the game was only scheduled for seven innings as the nightcap of a doubleheader between the D-backs and Braves. MLB’s criterion since 1991 has been that a pitcher has to throw nine hitless innings to receive credit for a no-no.

None of that takes away from what MadBum did in the best start of his two-year tenure with Arizona: He allowed just one baserunner, and that wasn’t even his fault. Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed committed a throwing error on Ozzie Albies’ ground ball to open the second inning.

Bumgarner induced a double play from the next batter, Travis d’Arnaud, and then retired the final 16 Atlanta hitters, meaning he faced the minimum 21 batters in the game.

If you want to ignore MLB’s logic, Bumgarner threw the third no-hitter of the 2021 season, joining the Padres’ Joe Musgrove and White Sox’s Carlos Rodon. And he still made baseball history as the first pitcher to go hitless since MLB instituted seven-inning games for doubleheaders last year as part of COVID-19 protocols.

Arizona, in fact, came extremely close to having double no-hit performances in the twinbill. Right-hander Zac Gallen threw a seven-inning one-hitter in Game 1.

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