Madison Bumgarner Pinch Hit For Matt Cain, Who Had A No-Hitter, Then Things Got Weird

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 05:  Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants caught a fly ball hit by Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies that ended the third inning with the bases loaded at AT&T Park on July 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Madison Bumgarner Pinch Hit For Matt Cain, Who Had A No-Hitter, Then Things Got Weird

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Madison Bumgarner Pinch Hit For Matt Cain, Who Had A No-Hitter, Then Things Got Weird

Madison Bumgarner can swing the bat, and is probably the best hitting pitcher in baseball right now. On Sunday he showed off his talents again, as he was inserted as a pinch hitter for fellow San Francisco Giants hurler Matt Cain. But that’s not even where the story starts to get weird.

Cain actually had a no-hitter going through five innings against the Washington Nationals. But he had thrown 93 pitches, so manager Bruce Bochy opted to take him out. Bochy had a full bench to choose from, but decided to call on Bumgarner to swing the bat. Well, it worked, as Bumgarner boomed a double to right field.

As he stood on second, Bochy made his next puzzling decision. He called on fellow pitcher Jeff Samardzija to run for Bumgarner. Samardzija scored later in the inning.

If you’re wondering what Bochy is smoking on the bench, I truly don’t have the answer for you. Apparently the man knows what he’s doing though because it wound up working out perfectly.

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