Today I flipped on the television to watch the Giants-Diamondbacks game (what else?) and what I saw was flat out amazing. Something that no one has ever seen before in an opening day game, something unprecedented in history. If you are wondering what, I will not keep you waiting.
With the count 1-2, in the top of the fifth, Giants winning one-to-nothing with the bases clear and Zach Greinke on the mound, Madison Bumgarner hit a shot to deep left-center field on a 92 MPH fastball from Grenkie to make it two-nothing. If you would like to watch it, the link is right here.
Now, this may not sound like a big deal, you may be saying, “pitchers hit in the National League and some go deep Big Deal!”. Well, if you are saying that, it is because you didn’t let me finish. On a 2-0 count, in the top of the 7th, with one out, and the score tied 3-3, Mad-Bum hit a solo shot off of a 92 MPH Andrew Chafin fastball to make the score 4-3 Giants. If you would like to watch it, the link is right
On a 2-0 count, in the top of the 7th, with one out, and the score tied 3-3, Mad-Bum hit a solo shot off of a 92 MPH Andrew Chafin fastball to make the score 4-3 Giants. If you would like to watch it, the link is right here.
The two home runs were Bumgarner’s 15th and 16th of his career, and his first one that was hit 416 feet and 112.5 MPH making it the hardest-hit home run by a pitcher in the Statcast era (his second was hit at a cool 112.1 MPH).
Also, not only did Bumgarner have an amazing hitting performance, he pitched a perfect game into the sixth inning but failed to complete it after a Jeff Mathis tripled to left field (yes you read that correctly).
He is the first pitcher with a two home run game since Jim Gott in 1985 and joins Don Drysdale as the only pitchers with multiple Opening Day home runs and Bumgarner alone, is the only pitcher to ever hit two home runs in the same Opening Day game.
Mad-Bum is also the first player to hit two home runs on opening day since Barry Bonds in 2002. Who knows, is this an omen that the Giants will go to the World Series and lose to the Angels (as they did in 2002), an Angels fan such as myself can only hope.