SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco starting pitcher Shaun Anderson started off his major league career going 2-for-2 and he attributed some of his success to none other than the club’s ace, Madison Bumgarner.
Wednesday was a day Shaun Anderson will never forget, and notching not only your first career hit as well as your second in your debut definitely makes the memory even sweeter.
After the game, Anderson was asked about his hitting and cited a familiar source as his coach and inspiration.
“I worked with [Bumgarner] in spring training on hitting so I can credit him a little bit,” Anderson said.
Anderson also mentioned that before today his last at-bat was during his stint in Reno two weeks prior. Before that he thinks his last at bat went as far back as high school.
Catcher Aramis Garcia was impressed too after seeing his teammate put together a two-hit game in his debut.
“There’s something special about making your debut. I don’t know what he said, but I the past he hasn’t been the greatest hitter,” Garcia admitted. “He’s gotten better for sure. In Richmond (AA) it looked like – ugh. I mean we thought he was going to hurt himself with how hard he was swinging up there.”
Garcia and Anderson came up together through the Giants’ farm system so Garcia is a bit of an expert in this area.
With Anderson’s two-hit game he became the first Giants pitcher to post a multi-hit game in his MLB debut since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958.
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