Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner knows how to hit. Most pitchers in the National League are free outs when they come to the plate, but Bumgarner entered play Friday night with four home runs on the season, making it back-to-back seasons with four round-trippers. He’s only the 12th pitcher since 1901 with multiple four-homer seasons.
Bumgarner decided to make it five, drilling a Jeff Locke offering well past the fence in left field at PNC Park, boosting the Giants’ lead to 5-1 on Friday night. He’s the first pitcher to record a five-homer season since Carlos Zambrano hit six for the Cubs in 2006. He’s the first Giant to hit five home runs since Hal Schumaker hit six in 1934 for the New York Giants.
Small sample size caveat, but this tidbit from Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area is fascinating:
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.