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Giants' Madison Bumgarner's grand slam first for a pitcher this year

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On Friday night, Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher to hit a grand slam this season. The 24-year-old lefty — who bats right-handed — connected off Jorge De La Rosa during the fourth inning of the Giants' game against the Rockies in San Francisco.

Bumgarner is no stranger to round-trippers, having hit two of them back in 2012; the second of those came against another Colorado pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin. Friday's homer was the second by a pitcher this year following Gio Gonzalez's shot off Bartolo Colon on April 2. Via, here's the video:

It was the first grand slam by a pitcher since the Cubs' Travis Wood hit one last May 30. Even in this homer-heavy era, such events generally happen less than once a year; via the Play Index, here are the details of the previous 10 such slams, covering a period of 13 seasons:

Date Batter TeamOpponentPitcher 
9/29/01Denny NeagleRockiesBrewersJimmy Haynes
6/2/02Robert PersonPhilliesExposBruce Chen
7/7/06Dontrelle WillisMarlinsMetsJose Lima
6/23/08Felix HernandezMarinersMetsJohan Santana
9/22/08Jason MarquisCubsMetsJon Niese
10/1/09Chris CarpenterCardinalsRedsKip Wells
5/21/10Brad PennyCardinalsAngelsJoel Pineiro
7/4/11Shaun MarcumBrewersDiamondbacksDaniel Hudson
8/31/11Jake WestbrookCardinalsBrewersRandy Wolf
5/30/13Travis WoodCubsWhite SoxJake Peavy
With a sacrifice fly in his previous plate appearance, Bumgarner became the first pitcher to total at least five RBI in a game since Carpenter tallied six on that 2009 date.