Madison Bumgarner Becomes 1st Pitcher to Hit 2 Home Runs on Opening Day

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants hits double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on September 24, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Madison Bumgarner is one of the best pitchers in baseball, but he also showed off what he could do at the plate Sunday at Chase Field.

The San Francisco Giants starter hit two home runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, he is the first pitcher in major league history to accomplish this feat on Opening Day.

The second of the two home runs was a go-ahead solo shot in the seventh inning, a clutch hit usually only reserved for middle-of-the-order stars.

Bumgarner is no stranger to big hits despite the stigma that comes from the position. The 27-year-old had three home runs last season and has 14 total in his career with a .183 batting average.

He even wanted to compete in the Home Run Derby last season before the players' union disallowed it.

Although playing every five days limits his potential for big numbers at the plate, he is at least briefly the major league leader in home runs in 2017.   

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