On Opening Day, Joe Panik does something no San Francisco Giants hitter has ever done against Clayton Kershaw

Joe Panik

Of all the unlikely San Francisco Giants to belt a home run off Clayton Kershaw, Joe Panik might have been the unlikeliest.

Panik’s solo home run in the fifth inning of the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Dodgers was only the second baseman’s 30th home run of his career.

Watch Panik’s homer: https://www.mlb.com/giants/video/share/paniks-solo-homer-off-kershaw/c-1898956883?tid=8878828

And although Panik became the 15th different Giants hitter to homer off Kershaw, he quickly moved to the top half of the list of Giants who have taken deep in terms of career home runs hit – even with just 30.

Career home runs by Giants who have home runs (as a Giant) against Kershaw.

  1. Hunter Pence 220
  2. Juan Uribe 199
  3. Bengie Molina 144
  4. Melky Cabrera 131
  5. Buster Posey 128
  6. Angel Pagan 64
  7. Joe Panik 30
  8. Mac Williamson 22
  9. Madison Bumgarner 17
  10. Matt Duffy 17
  11. Brandon Hicks 11
  12. Brett Pill 9
  13. Chris Stewart 9
  14. Ehire Adrianza 5
  15. Kelby Tomlinson 3

When you look at that list, with the likes of Chris Stewart, Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza on it, there have been some unlikely Giants to homer off Kershaw.

Even so, Panik’s home run seems even less likely when you consider:

Prior to Thursday, in his career, Kershaw surrenders a home run to a left-handed hitter at a rate of 1 for every 47 plate appearances.

Prior to Thursday, Panik only had two home runs against left-handed pitching, out of more than 500 plate appearances.

But when Panik took Kershaw deep, he became the first Giants to accomplish one feat. He became the first left-handed hitter to homer off Kershaw. The other 14 Giants to go deep did it from the right-hand side of the plate.

Here’s a list of  Giants players who have home runs off Kershaw and the year they hit it.

1, Buster Posey 3 (2013, 2015, 2017)

2, Madison Bumgarner 2 (2015, 2016)

3, Joe Panik 1 (2018)

3, Kelby Tomlinson 1 (2017)

3, Mac Williamson 1 (2017)

3, Hunter Pence 1 (2017)

3, Angel Pagan 1 (2016)

3, Matt Duffy 1 (2016)

3, Ehire Adrianza 1 (2016)

3, Brandon Hicks 1 (2014)

3, Melky Cabrera 1 (2012)

3, Brett Pill 1 (2012)

3, Chris Stewart 1 (2011)

3, Juan Uribe 1 (2010)

3, Bengie Molina 1 (2009)



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