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Madison Bumgarner is the only pitcher to homer off Clayton Kershaw, and now he's done it twice

Before the season started, we predicted that Madison Bumgarner would be the first pitcher in MLB to hit a homer during the 2016 season (Dodgers rookie Kenta Maeda beat him to it by homering in his MLB debut). But even we didn't have the gall to suggest that it would be in his second game of the year, and off one of the greatest pitchers on the planet, Clayton Kershaw.
Bumgarner entered Saturday's rain-delayed game against the Dodgers with 11 career home runs to his name, including this shot from last season off the 2014 NL MVP:

He's the only pitcher on earth to hit a home run off Kershaw in an MLB game ... and now he's done it twice.
Bumgarner stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat in the bottom of the second at AT&T Park and promptly broke a 0-0 tie with a no-doubter off Kershaw:

That first noise you heard was the crack of MadBum's bat. The second noise you heard was the frantic flurry of fingers hurredly typing "#PitchersWhoRake" into their phones. Bumgarner has homered in five of his last 14 starts at AT&T Park, and three of his last 11 overall.