Giants' Madison Bumgarner Joins Elite Company with Tuesday's 1-Hit Shutout

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Giants' Madison Bumgarner Joins Elite Company with Tuesday's 1-Hit Shutout
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Although San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner lost his bid for a perfect game in the eighth inning of Tuesday's contest against the Colorado Rockies, he was still able to complete a one-hit shutout, striking out 13 batters and walking none.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Bumgarner is just the fourth lefty in the last 50 years to throw a shutout in which he fanned 13 opposing hitters, walked no one and allowed one hit or less. He joins the company of Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and, most recently, Clayton Kershaw.

Earlier in the season, Kershaw matched this feat against the same opponent when he struck out 15 batters on his way to no-hitting the Rockies. According to the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com), the Rockies are the only team in the modern era to have two separate pitchers in the same season toss a shutout against them while also striking out at least 13 times and sending up at most one batter over the minimum.

Bumgarner's performance Tuesday night put him in sole possession of the NL lead in double-digit strikeout games, giving him a total of six (or one more than Kershaw's five). The Giants southpaw actually has three double-digit strikeout games in August alone, fanning a total of 49 batters over 40 innings.

On the season, Bumgarner is third in the National League in total strikeouts with 192, trailing only Stephen Strasburg (202) and Johnny Cueto (199).

Per FanGraphs, Bumgarner's 9.34 strikeouts per nine innings would be his career best if he sustains the rate from here on out. He's also on pace to surpass the most innings thrown in a season (208.1) of his career as well as set a personal best in walks per nine innings (1.85).

If the current schedule remains in line, Bumgarner will next face the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, followed by an interleague contest on the road against the scuffling Detroit Tigers.

All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.

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