Madison Bumgarner is an excellent hitting pitcher - but what he did on Sunday was beyond that.
He's one of two pitchers in baseball with more than one homer this season. Now, he's the only one with a pair of grand slams.
Bumgarner unloaded in what became an 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks and is now the lone pitcher in baseball with double digits in RBIs with 12.
"I'm really just trying to hit it hard and hoping something good happens," Bumgarner told MLB.com. "Something good happened today."
But Bumgarner hitting his second grand slam, the first pitcher to accomplish such a feat in one season since 1966, was only part of it.
Because catcher Buster Posey had hit one an inning earlier, MLB.com reported that the pair were the first pitcher and catcher battery combination to both hit grand slams in one game.
If you think about that, it's quite a feat. There has been a ton of baseball played through the years and pretty much every scenario has played out. That's why you usually, when something rare occurs, hear about the last time it happened 40 years ago or talk about how it's the first time in the "modern era" that it occurred.
In this case, there was no disclaimer.
First time. Ever.
"Our battery had quite a day," manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com. "Buster's grand slam was the one that gave us a sense of relief throughout the dugout. We've been missing that hit; that's what you're hoping for from those guys in the heart of the order. With two outs, to get a hit like that, that's huge."
Back to Bumgarner, it was a 98 mph fastball that he hit out. And it came a week after Bumgarner had somewhat jokingly asked Home Run Derby captain and Colorado Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki to put him in the derby.
As a pitcher, however, Bumgarner is already entering uncharted territory.
MLB.com reported that he's just the second pitcher to ever hit two grand slams in a season and the last pitcher to hit three homers with at least 12 RBIs in a season was Carlos Zambrano in 2008.
"It's crazy I've even gotten that many opportunities," Bumgarner said afterward to MLB.com. "As a pitcher, you don't get that opportunity very often. It was just fortunate for me to happen to run into one. That guy was throwing really hard. I just tried to do something to help us."
It helped, a lot. In fact, the two grand slams would be plenty of runs for most teams to win most games.
It was a moment in baseball history which probably won't be repeated anytime soon.
And, 40 years down the road when it is, the story will point back to this day and the Bumgarner/Posey combination will be remembered.
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