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Carlos Zambrano slugged his first home run as a Marlin this afternoon, a 3rd-inning solo shot off Philadelphia’s Joe Blanton. A few Big Z home run tidbits:
Zambrano is now tied for 7th on the all-time home run list among pitchers. Wes Ferrell hit 38, Bob Lemon 37, Warren Spahn 35, Red Ruffing 34, Earl Wilson 33 and Don Drysdale 29. John Clarkson and Bob Gibson both also hit 24.
He has now homered at least once in each of the last 10 seasons with a career-high 6 long balls in 2006 and 4 in both 2008 and 2009.
Z has homered twice off Kyle Lohse. The other pitchers he’s taken deep: Mark Buehrle, Roy Oswalt, Wandy Rodriguez, Yovani Gallardo, Tom Glavine, Darren Oliver, Wade Miller, Todd Wellemeyer, Woody Williams, Zach Jackson, Johnny Cueto, Micah Owings, Aaron Harang, Taylor Buchholz, Mike Matthews, Esmerling Vazquez, Josh Fogg, Garret Mock, Fernando Abad and now Blanton.
He’s hit 13 of his 24 at Wrigley Field (Chicago), 5 at Minute Maid Park (Houston), 3 at Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati), one at Chase Field (Arizona), one at old Shea Stadium (New York) and now one at Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia).
Including today’s shot, he’s hit 16 off righthanders (from the left side) and 8 vs. lefties (from the right side).
19 of the 24 he’s hit have been solo shots. He’s hit 4 with one on and one with 2 men on. He’s yet to hit a grand slam.
His homer today came in the 3rd inning, his favorite inning in which to go deep. 8 of his 24 have come in the 3rd.
The home run was the 37th hit by a Marlins pitcher in 20 seasons. Since Zambrano got to the big leagues in 2001, in a period in which he’s hit 24, all other Marlins pitchers have hit 20.
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