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Monday, July 14, 2014

Giants’ battery of Bumgarner, Posey provide charge heading to All-Star break

Posey and Bumgarner became the first battery to hit grand slams in the same game, driving in every run of an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  [...]

Players and coaches credited Posey for stirring a slumping group with his fifth-inning slam. The catcher was more impressed by Bumgarner, who also hit a grand slam April 11.

“You’re just kind of shaking your head,” he said. “I was asking Rags (pitching coach Dave Righetti) how many pitchers have hit two in one season.”

The answer is two, in the entire history of major league baseball. Bumgarner joined Tony Cloninger, who hit two in one game against the Giants in 1966. Bumgarner joined Posey in giving the Giants two grand slams in the same game for just the third time in their San Francisco era.

bobm Posted: July 14, 2014 at 07:47 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 14, 2014 at 08:53 AM (#4749883)
Dump the DH!

-- MWE
   2. Tom (and his broom) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4749915)
Bumgarner has the third highest Slugging Percentage...on the National League All-Star team.
   3. puck Posted: July 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4749968)
The answer is two, in the entire history of major league baseball.


He hit them against the D-Backs and the Rockies, though.
   4. Mefisto Posted: July 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4749979)
Sure, but Cloninger hit his off of Bob Priddy and Ray Sadecki. Since I was listening to the Cloninger game, I'm happy to have any excuse whatsoever to mitigate the memory of it.
   5. haggard Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4750015)
I remember reading that, at the time, Cloninger was the only pitcher who had hit two grand slams in hIs career.
Dont know if its true.
   6. Steve Treder Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4750019)
Since I was listening to the Cloninger game

As was I. It explains a lot, perhaps.
   7. Steve Treder Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4750024)
I was lucky enough to witness Bumgarner's first slam live, then the one yesterday on TV. It seems quite certain now that Bumgarner has seen his last first-pitch fastball with the bases loaded.
   8. Steve Treder Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4750026)
I remember reading that, at the time, Cloninger was the only pitcher who had hit two grand slams in hIs career.
Dont know if its true.


I don't know either, but I doubt it. It's hard to believe that Wes Ferrell or Bob Lemon or Earl Wilson or Don Drysdale or somebody like that didn't hit at least a couple.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4750033)
I don't know either, but I doubt it. It's hard to believe that Wes Ferrell or Bob Lemon or Earl Wilson or Don Drysdale or somebody like that didn't hit at least a couple.

Wilson, Ferrell and Drysdale have 1 each, Lemon none. You can find it under the HR Log on BRef.
   10. Jeltzandini Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM (#4750037)
Babe Ruth apparently hit one grand slam on the same day he pitched. May 20, 1919 off Dave Davenport of the Browns. He hit three others while playing OF in 1919, his last year of regular pitching.
   11. Tom (and his broom) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4750049)
Just looking at pitchers with 20 or more Career HR's, Dizzy Trout and Bob Gibson each had 2 career GS's, nobody else had more than one.
   12. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4750050)
Schoolboy Rowe and Bob Gibson each had two, possibly among others.
   13. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4750051)
Wilson, Ferrell and Drysdale have 1 each, Lemon none. You can find it under the HR Log on BRef.

Dizzy Trout, Schoolboy Rowe, Tommy Byrne have 2.

Add in Rick Wise, Camilo Pascual, Denny Neagle,
   14. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4750052)
I'd pay to see Bumgarner in the Home Run Derby.
   15. Mefisto Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4750059)
Bumgarner has the third highest Slg. % on the NL All-Star team. He probably should be in the Derby.

It explains a lot, perhaps.


About the team, or about you and me? :()
   16. Steve Treder Posted: July 14, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4750074)
About the team, or about you and me?

Some questions might be better unasked.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: July 14, 2014 at 07:39 PM (#4750378)
Travis Wood has a career 156 ISO, 229 this year, has a 13% career HR/FB, 18% this year, hits 300/533 on-contact. His career and season HR/FB are about the same as Edwin Encarnacion and his BABIP is only 20 points lower.

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