Madison Bumgarner surrenders grand slam, hits homer in same inning (vids)
Madison Bumgarner without question is one of better slugging pitchers in Major League Baseball, if not the best. The San Francisco Giants ace’s power at the plate was on full display during Thursday’s 10-7 win over the New York Mets, although it probably didn’t play out they way Bumgarner would have scripted it.
Bumgarner was in the midst of a rough outing in the top of the 4th inning after surrendering a grand slam to Mets outfielder Justin Ruggiano that put up the Mets 4-0.
The Giants were already rallying from four runs down when Bumgarner stepped to the plate, scoring three runs. And when Bumgarner’s shot cleared the fence at A&T Park for a two-run round-tripper, revenge — to a certain extent — had been exacted.
Better yet, it gave the Giants a 5-4 lead.
Madison Bumgarner will take care of it: https://t.co/zuAD4lz7jP #PitchersWhoRake pic.twitter.com/Z27QvoDoqB
— MLB (@MLB) August 19, 2016
The fact that the home run came off Jacob deGrom made it all the more impressive (more on that later).
Bumgarner’s clutch shot also had a historical component as well, as he became the first pitcher in almost 60 years to surrender a grand slam and hit a home run in the same inning.
“I don’t think I want to be part of that,” Bumgarner said, laughing, after the game, per SFGate.com.
Such an interesting occurrence prompted an outburst of interesting statistical nuggets on social media related to Bumgarner’s unparalleled power as a pitcher.
Madison Bumgarner: 14th career HR, most among active pitchers
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 19, 2016
HR last 230 plate appearances#SFGiants Madison Bumgarner 12#RedSox David Ortiz 11#Angels Mike Trout 10#Nationals Bryce Harper 8
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 19, 2016
Madison Bumgarner is 1 of 3 players (Stanton, CarGo) ever to hit HRs off of Kershaw, deGrom, Greinke. (via @BBTN) pic.twitter.com/Kj1EjtCw8h
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 19, 2016
Speaking of deGrom, here’s what Bumgarner had to say about his opponent on the mound Thursday from a batter’s perspective.
“I don’t think anyone can ever say they’re comfortable against Jake,” he said. “For whatever reason, I was seeing the ball a little better.”
He can say that again.