The San Francisco Giants scored all their runs Sunday with two swings of the bat thanks to Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, smacking their way to a 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants took two of three from them and finish the homestand with a 3-2 record.
Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, Posey smacked his second career grand slam and third overall, if you count his slam in the 2012 playoffs, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead. It was his 10th homer of the year and Bumgarner crushed his second grand slam of the season in the bottom of the sixth to blow the game open.
Bumgarner became the second pitcher in MLB history to produce two grand slams in a season, joining Tony Cloninger of the 1966 Atlanta Braves to accomplish this impressive feat. It was the Giants fourth grand slam of the year.
Sunday marked the third time in Giants history they crushed two grand slams in one game as they did so back on April 26, 1970 in a 11-1 road win over the Montreal Expos and September 19, 1998 in a 18-4 road win in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
Posey and Bumgarner also made baseball history as they became the first starting pitcher and catcher tandem to record a grand slam in the same game. The Giants lefty improved his record to 10-7 on the year and the team is 11-9 in his starts this season.
Bumgarner leads all MLB pitchers with a .275 batting average, three home runs, 12 RBI's and seven runs scored. The 12 RBI's are the most by a Giants pitcher since Juan Marichal had 15 back in 1966.
Ehire Adrianza set a career-high Sunday by recording a hit in seven straight games and Hunter Pence produced his seventh outfield assist on the day. Pence is tied for second in the NL in that department and is the fourth Giants player in history to have at least 110 hits and score 60 runs prior to the All-Star Break. Pence has a hit in 24 of his last 29 games.
Tim Hudson will be joining Pence at the All-Star Game as the Giants righty replaces Bumgarner on the NL roster. Hudson will be making his fourth trip to the Midsummer Classic and first since 2010. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was a late scratch due to back stiffness.
The 52-43 Giants will now have four days off before resuming play Friday night in Miami against the Marlins.Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants
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