Opposing pitchers muscling up at plate vs. Giants

Opposing pitchers muscling up at plate vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Arizona's Wade Miley homered off Ryan Vogelsong in Monday's fifth inning, the Giants qualified for the dubious-distinction club.

Miley became the third opposing pitcher to go deep against San Francisco, joining Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw on Opening Day and Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo last Thursday. According to the Giants' media relations department, the club hadn't yielded homers to three opposing pitchers since June 1953.

Entering Tuesday, only two other Major League pitchers had homered. Giants manager Bruce Bochy defended his pitchers, insisting that they're not regarding their counterparts from other teams lightly.

Bochy pointed out that Miley connected with a 2-0 delivery from Vogelsong.

"If you get down 2-0 on a pitcher, you're going to challenge him," Bochy said.

Gallardo, an accomplished hitter, has 11 career home runs. And Kershaw, who possesses an athletic 6-foot-3, 220-pound physique, was bound to hit one out eventually.

"These guys are hitters," Bochy said. "They're not pitchers trying to get hits."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.