No. 6: Bumgarner Bucking the DH in Oakland
As part of the Giants’ bid to get Bumgarner in the HR-Derby (would’ve been fun and its pathetic that MLB didn’t seriously consider it), they decided to forego the DH in his outing in Oakland, and let him bat. It’s something that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the last time it happened was 1976, when the Chicago White Sox allowed Ken Brett to do it.
Bumgarner definitely didn’t disappoint, blasting a double to center field to start the Giants rally in the third inning. Bumgarner hit eighth in the lineup a lot this season, and the Giants sure do trust his ability at the plate. His double justified the Giants’ belief in his bat. While this season wasn’t as good as last year’s at the plate, this outing sure shut up the critics (if there really were any).