The San Francisco Giants started the 2017 season the exact way the 2016 season went for them. Their biggest issue in 2016 was the backend of their bullpen.
This offseason they went out and spent big money, $62 million to be exact, on one of the best closers in the game, right hander Mark Melancon. Well, in his Giants debut, Melancon was not much of a help as he blew a 4-3 lead with two outs in the ninth resulting in an Opening Day walk-off loss for San Francisco.
The late game meltdown should not take away from the completely dominant performance both offensively and defensively from San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner. On the mound, Bumgarner threw seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out eleven. The lefty held the Diamondbacks without a baserunner through 5.1 innings before allowing a hit in the sixth.
MadBum’s performance on the mound wasn’t even the most impressive thing he did all day. At the plate, Bumgarner led the Giants offense, while making history in the process. Bumgarner was 2-for-2 on the day, poking not one but two solo home runs. The two long balls set the record for the most Opening Day home runs by a pitcher in Major League history. He became the first Giants pitcher to go deep in one game since Jim Gott did so in 1985.
Hot Take: Madison Bumgarner is very good at the sport of baseball.