Thursday, June 18, 2015

"I missed it"

That's Angel Pagan admitting that he should have caught the ball yesterday in Seattle. 

Here's the top of Chris Haft's story for --

 Throwing a no-hitter is so rare that to consider the feat inevitable in any pitcher's career might seem foolhardy. Presumptuous. An affront to the baseball gods. Then again, Madison Bumgarner has proven that he's not just any pitcher.
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As he has done repeatedly in six Major League seasons, Bumgarner looked dazzling enough Wednesday night at Safeco Field to join the coterie of teammates past and present -- Jonathan Sanchez, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Chris Heston -- to hold the opposition hitless. But a bad-hop single and a questionably played RBI triple helped dash Bumgarner's momentum in San Francisco's 2-0 Interleague loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Complementing a darting fastball that reached 94 mph with an impressive array of curveballs and sliders, Bumgarner retired the first 13 batters he faced. In the Giants' dugout, manager Bruce Bochy allowed himself to speculate about a no-hitter for Bumgarner.
"I thought he had a chance tonight, I'll be honest," Bochy said. "I hope I didn't jinx him."
Even Bumgarner, who proved capable of prodigious accomplishments during his otherworldly October last postseason, admitted he had settled into a favorable groove.
"It was one of those days when everything was there," he said. "... One of those starts in the the year where you feel about as good as you can feel."
Bumgarner's perfect game evaporated as Mark Trumbo recorded a single on a grounder that took a sudden, wicked hop off shortstop Brandon Crawford's chest.


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