We’ve seen Bumgarner dominate on the mound throughout his career, but no one has seen what he did at the plate.
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After coaxing a walk in the second inning, Bumgarner took Zack Greinke deep in the fifth. Two innings later, he hit himself into the history books with his second home run of the game, becoming the first pitcher ever to hit two home runs on Opening Day.
Bumgarner’s first home run set a Statcast record for the hardest hit home run by a pitcher, with an exit velocity of 112.5 mph. He joins Clayton Kershaw as the only two pitchers to homer on Opening Day since 1992.
With his second home run, Bumgarner stands alone as a Giant and in the major leagues. On top of leading major league pitchers in home runs, Bumgarner passed Johnny Antonelliand Hal Schumacher on the Giants’ all-time home run by pitchers list with 16 in his career.