Neither pitcher perhaps had their best stuff, but both proved almost equally adept at doing what matters - keeping the opposition off the board. Through their combined 15 innings of work, only one run was allowed, that coming courtesy of Ender Inciarte's RBI double in the second inning. Arizona also had a runner thrown out at the plate, but otherwise, scoring against Madison Bumgarner proved as tough as expected. Fortunately, Chase Anderson was up to the task, no-hitting San Francisco over the first six innings. He did hit a couple of batters, and a leaping catch by Aaron Hill certainly saved the no-hitter, and perhaps the shutout, but it kept on rolling.
It finally came to an end with one out in the seventh innings as St. Buster send a one-hopper back off Anderson's calf, to ricochet over toward third-base and die. But that was all Anderson would allow, finishing with seven innings of one-hit ball, and just the one walk (although a pair of hit batters) and two strikeouts. The ball was handed over to our bullpen and Daniel Hudson worked a scoreless eighth. We loaded the bases in the eighth, but Paul Goldschmidt came up empty, and so it was on to the ninth. Brad Ziegler, however, pitched a remarkably stress-free inning, getting three ground balls to complete the two-hitter.
And I don't have to watch Eegah! Woo-hoo!