Giants pitchers really know how to hit. Three of them had homered this season entering Sunday’s action: Madison Bumgarner (five), Tim Hudson (once), and Ryan Vogelsong (once). Mike Leake became the fourth, drilling a go-ahead, three-run shot to left field in the second inning against Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne.
Leake had homered earlier this season as a member of the Reds, so he now has two on the season and six in his career.
According to Baseball Reference, the Giants are the 63rd team since 1901 to have at least four pitchers hit at least one home run in the same season. 15 of them had five pitchers homer at least once. The Giants would need Chris Heston or Jake Peavy, most likely, to go yard to join that elite group.
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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”
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