The Giants beat the Rockies 6-5 in game one of a three game series tonight at AT&T Park.
Madison Bumgarner hit a grand slam. He is the second Giants’ pitcher to hit one since team moved to San Francisco in 1958. This was his third career home run, hitting two HRs in 2012. The only other pitcher to ever hit a grand slam was Shawn Estes in 2000.
Before Bumgarner in 2014, Estes had the distinction of being the only pitcher in Giants franchise history to hit a grand slam home run (on May 24, 2000), even scoring two more runs in the 18-0 game.
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Bumgarner had a shaky outing tonight in six innings. He allowed 9 hits, 4 ERs, and 2 BBs, bringing his ERA to a 3.31. Bumgarner had seven strikeouts and recorded a win for the Giants. He is now 2-0 this season.
Pablo Sandoval had one hit tonight, but his batting average is still at .143. He also made his third error of the season fielding in the top of the eighth inning when Nolan Arenado singled on a bunt ground ball, advancing him to second base.
Sergio Romo came in the 9th inning to record his third save of 2014, ending the game 6-5, Giants over Rockies.
Here are some highlights from other Giants players that hit grand slams since Bumgarner debuted with the team in 2009:
Hunter Pence: September 14, 2012 - Pence has his third career grand slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was Pence’s first grand slam since May 2008 when he was with the Astros.
Marco Scutaro: August 9, 2012 – Grand slam and career-high seven RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Brandon Crawford: July 20, 2012 - second career slam against the Phillies
Brandon Crawford: May 27, 2011 - 6th player in baseball history to hit a grand slam in his major league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Pablo Sandoval: July 6, 2009 – 1st career grand slam against the Marlins.