It didn’t take long for Madison Bumgarner to start breaking records this season.
The Giants ace took a perfect game into the sixth inning on Opening Day Sunday against the Diamondbacks, but he let his bat do the talking.
Bumgarner became the first pitcher in major-league history to hit two home runs on Opening Day. His two bombs — a line solo shot to left off Arizona starter Zack Grienke in the fifth followed by a booming blast off Andrew Chafin in the seventh — also put Bumgarner ahead of Johnny Antonelli for most homers by a Giants pitcher in franchise history.
Bumgarner, who now has 16 career dingers (all with San Francisco), is the first Giant to take two trips around the bases on Opening Day since Barry Bonds in 2002.
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said after the game that Bumgarner’s bat gave him reason to crack a smile.
“I just laughed,” Belt said, per NBC. “You expect him to get one every once in a while. You don’t expect him to get two the first day. There’s not much you can say. I just laughed. It’s pretty cool to watch a pitcher do that.”
After winning two straight Silver Slugger awards, Bumgarner lost to Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta last season. But Bumgarner is already just one homer shy of last year’s mark.
Unfortunately for the veteran, the impressive day at the plate didn’t come with a win, as the Diamondbacks came back in the ninth with a walk-off, 6-5 win.