If you thought every record had been set in the history of Major League Baseball then think again.
According to cbssports.com, for the first time in MLB, two grand slams were smashed in the same game by the battery – pitcher and catcher – after San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner both hit maximums against Arizona Diamondbacks.
Catcher Posey began the combination in the fifth inning with a grand slam down to left-centre field at AT&T Park. Bumgarner, who had been selected as a starting pitcher for the upcoming All-Star game, followed Posey’s hit with his own grand slam down to deep left field.
It took a while for commentators and fans to realise but the news quickly spread that the Giants’ battery had just made history.
The unique grand slam statistic helped the Giants (52-43) to an 8-4 victory on Sunday over the D-backs (40-56) and continued their race against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the top of the National League West division.
It was Bumgarner’s second grand slam of the season and the starting pitcher also had a decent game on the mound. The 25-year-old tossed 6 1/3 innings which went for four ERA and included five strikeouts. The winning performance broke Bumgarner’s three-game losing streak, with his last victory also coming against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 22.
Good with the bat
Giants fans are used to seeing Posey and Bumgarner strike up a powerful combination as pitcher and catcher, but the double slams showed the pair can also turn it on in the bat.
The gigantic blows by the Giants left the D-backs scratching their heads at their bullpen. Starting pitcher Vidal Nuno was withdraw after Posey’s grand slam but that couldn't prevent the onslaught from Bumgarner.
Reliever Matt Stites was the victim of Bumgarner’s punishment and was withdraw immediately after getting one out but the damage had already been done. Once again the D-backs could not recover which is an all too familiar sight this season. Arizona have the joint-second worst season record in the entire MLB.
San Francisco are just one game behind Dodgers and the two sides are leaving the rest of the division behind. San Diego, who lost narrowly 1-0 against the Dodgers on Sunday, are third but a whopping 12 games behind the leaders.
The D-backs are bottom of NL West 13.5 games behind the leading pair but are just half a game behind fourth placed Colorado Rockies.
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