video thumbnail

SF@ATL: Bumgarner flirts with no-no against Braves

Everything was working for Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner in his last start against the Braves.

So much so that he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Chris Johnson hit a bloop single to right-center field to break up the bid.

"He certainly has the command and the stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the game, agreeing that Bumgarner possesses no-hit potential. "But it's so hard to do."

In total, the left-hander allowed just two hits in seven innings of work for his second straight win. The outing also marked the 10th time in Bumgarner's career that he pitched at least seven innings and yielded three or fewer hits.

"Sometimes you see disappointment there and they lose their focus," Bochy said, describing a common reaction among pitchers who lose a no-hitter. "But he got his concentration right back and made great pitches after that."

He'll look to have that same type of success on Wednesday against the Padres at AT&T Park in the series finale.

Eric Stults, the Padres' de facto ace, takes the hill after a spectacular start against the D-backs, in which he picked up his sixth win of the season.

The left-hander allowed just one run on two hits in a complete-game effort on Friday. It marked the fifth time in his past six starts that Stults has tossed at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less.

Throwing all four of his pitches for strikes, Stults threw breaking balls behind in the count and well-located fastballs while ahead, confusing the D-backs' hitters throughout the night.

"That was a masterful performance," Padres manager Bud Black said after the game. "They didn't threaten because Eric was outstanding. What you saw was a mix of pitches, any of which can be thrown for a strike. When Eric can do that, he's so tough. He can throw a fastball in the low 90s and a curve in the mid-60s. When you don't know what's coming, that's incredibly difficult to deal with."

Padres: Tate returns from personal issue
• The Padres' 2009 first-round Draft pick Donavan Tate, who missed Spring Training while dealing with what was termed a "personal issue," is ready to resume his professional career.

Tate arrived at the team's temporary workout facility in Arizona on Monday for extended spring workouts and took a physical on Tuesday. He'll now get in baseball shape in preparation for a return to one of the Padres' Minor League affiliates.

"It's been the same kind of things that I've been dealing with in my life for a long time," said Tate, who didn't disclose details. "They were issues that I finally felt I needed to address -- not just for me to play baseball, but to live life and enjoy it.

"But I feel like those issues are behind me. I'm relieved that I can now focus on the baseball side of it."

Giants: Scutaro back in action
• Second baseman Marco Scutaro was back in the lineup on Tuesday. However, for the next four to six weeks, he'll do it wearing a splint to keep his left pinkie straight.

"The thing to understand is the doctor said there's a tendon through here that makes your finger be straight, so if that tendon's damaged, that's why the finger [curls in]," Scutaro said. "To try and get it back straight, you have to keep it like that for weeks."

Scutaro said the pinkie feels good enough to return to action and that he'll take things day by day.

"[Aggravating it is] the concern, I want to come back and play," he said. "If tomorrow it feels OK, then I'll play tomorrow too."

He went 2-for-4 in his return Tuesday night.

Worth noting
• In 13 career games against the Giants, Stults is 4-3 with a 5.34 ERA.

• Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, the National League leader in steals (31), sat out his second straight game Tuesday with a mild strain of his left hamstring. Black said late Tuesday night that Cabrera will likely go on the disabled list on Wednesday.

• Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Class A San Jose as the designated hitter Friday, while no date has been set for the start of Angel Pagan's rehab assignment, Bochy said Tuesday. Comments