San Francisco Giants Notes: Madison Bumgarner Makes Opening Day History

Madison Bumgarner was the first pitcher to homer twice on Opening Day, as he did so earlier today.

Madison Bumgarner has been known publicly for a number of seasons as a pitcher who can handle his business in the batter's box. Now the San Francisco Giants' ace has a special category of his own among the league's power-hitting pitchers: first to hit two home runs on Opening Day.

Bumgarner raked a pair of solo home runs Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to do so.

His first was a towering drive off Arizona starter Zack Greinke, coming in the fifth inning. Have a look below:

Bumgarner clubbed the ball to a 112.5 mph exit velocity, the hardest home run ever hit by a pitcher, according to Statcast, since the technology became available in 2014. Ironically, Bumgarner also owns the titles for the second- and third-hardest home runs ever hit by a pitcher.

He got back to work in the seventh inning for his 16th career home run. This one came off left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin, and gave Bumgarner the lead amongst all active pitchers.

The occasion also marked the second-straight year Bumgarner has started the season with a home run in the first week of play. Last season, the then-26-year-old launched a home run off fellow Cy Young winner and division rival Clayton Kershaw.

On the hill, Bumgarner was perfect — with seven strikeouts — through 5 and 1/3 innings until Arizona broke through for three runs to tie the game. His home run in the seventh inning put San Francisco back on top, 4-3. The Giants were unable to take advantage of Bumgarner's offensive power and pitching, losing on a walk-off, 6-5.

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