Madison Bumgarner can swing the bat, and is probably the best hitting pitcher in baseball right now. On Sunday he showed off his talents again, as he was inserted as a pinch hitter for fellow San Francisco Giants hurler Matt Cain. But that’s not even where the story starts to get weird.
Cain actually had a no-hitter going through five innings against the Washington Nationals. But he had thrown 93 pitches, so manager Bruce Bochy opted to take him out. Bochy had a full bench to choose from, but decided to call on Bumgarner to swing the bat. Well, it worked, as Bumgarner boomed a double to right field.
If you’re wondering what Bochy is smoking on the bench, I truly don’t have the answer for you. Apparently the man knows what he’s doing though because it wound up working out perfectly.