By now everyone who roots for the San Francisco Giants is aware of the dominance that Clayton Kershaw has over them.
That dominance came to a screeching halt — or at least a brief pause — on Saturday night. Entering the game, which was the Los Angeles Dodgers ace’s 50th career appearance against San Francisco, the Giants had only ever hit a pair of home runs in a game against him twice.
In 2017, Hunter Pence and Buster Posey did it. The year before it was Madison Bumgarner and Ehire Adrianza, which is very funny to think about.
And on Saturday they didn’t just become the third Giants team to hit a pair of dingers off Kershaw, but also the first Giants team to do it three times.
Austin Slater did it, then Mike Yastrzemski did it, then Slater decided he had so much fun doing it once that oughta do it a second time.
Special Skills: Can hit home runs off of Kershaw pic.twitter.com/xksTbwHDe7— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 9, 2020
In the process, the two outfielders became the first Giants to homer off of the three-time Cy Young Award winner in the same inning. And Slater became the first Giant to homer off of Kershaw twice in the same game.
I think it’s safe to say that nobody expected that to happen.