Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was a little shaky on the mound during Friday night’s start against the Rockies so he decided to take out his frustrations on opposing starter Jorge De La Rosa. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Bumgarner swung at De La Rosa’s first offering, a two-seam fastball and drove it over the fence in left field at AT&T Park for a grand slam, putting the Giants up 6-3. The blast was the third of his career, and Bumgarner knew it from the moment he made contact.
Watch Bumgarner’s go-ahead salami:
Before Bumgarner, the last pitcher to hit a grand slam was Travis Wood of the Cubs last season. He took Jake Peavy deep in the fourth inning of a game against the White Sox on May 30, 2013. Shawn Estes was the last Giants pitcher to hit a grand slam, doing so on May 24, 2000 against Mike Johnson of the Expos.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.