Something pretty crazy happened in San Francisco yesterday. San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a season, hitting the second of two grand slams in the Giants 8-4 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bumgarner’s grand slam came in the sixth inning, while Giants catcher Buster Posey hit one just an inning earlier in the fifth inning. He and Posey became the first pitcher/catcher duo tin major league history to hit grand slams together in the same game.
Madison Bumgarner’s first grand slam this season came on April 11 agains the Colorado Rockies. The last pitcher to hit more than one slam during a season was Tony Cloninger. Even more impressive, Cloninger hit both of his grand slams in the same game, against the San Francisco Giants instead of for, on July 3, 1966 at Candlestick Park. Cloninger was playing for the Atlanta Braves at the time.
In addition to hitting the grand slam, Bumgarner also pitched a pretty decent game. He threw six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, 10 hits, and striking out five, ending a three-game losing streak for himself and improving his record this year to 10-7 before the All-Star break this week.
Check out the videos below to watch both of Madison Bumgarner’s grand slams from this season. Which one was most impressive for you? And do you think that there’s a chance that Bumgarner could hit another one before the season’s over? He’s at least gotta go deep once more this year, right?
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