Zambrano tied for seventh all-time in HRs
The shot to left-center also vaulted Zambrano into a tie for seventh place all-time among home runs by a pitcher.
Since 1900, when the modern era of the game began, Wes Ferrell’s 38 are the most home runs by a pitcher.
Zambrano now has 24 after he connected in Miami’s 5-1 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
“As a pitcher in the National League, you have to be able to run, bunt, hit, I take that seriously,” Zambrano said. “I take pride in what I do. Every time I’m on the mound, I feel like a pitcher. But when I’m in the box, I feel like a hitter. I take everything seriously.”
Zambrano’s blast to left-center off Joe Blanton was the first from a Marlins’ pitcher since Josh Johnson on Aug. 4, 2009 at Washington.
“He can do everything. He got a lot of power,” Jose Reyes said. “Whatever he do to contribute to this team, we’re going to take it, for sure.”
When Zambrano connected, the Marlins dugout went wild.
“Everybody went crazy. Everybody knows he’s a good hitter,” Reyes said. “He’s got a lot of power. If he puts a good swing on the ball, the ball is going to go a long way. It’s unbelieve to see a pitcher hit a home run to the opposite field like it’s nothing. That’s great to see.”
Most HRs by a pitcher since 1900
1) Wes Ferrell (1927-41) 38
2) Bob Lemon (1941-1958) 37
3) Red Ruffing (1924-47) 36
4) Warren Spahn (1942-65) 35
Earl Wilson (1959-70) 35
6) Don Drysdale (1956-69) 29
7) Bob Gibson (1959-75) 24
Carlos Zambrano (2001-now) 24
Walter Johnson (1907-27) 24
— Joe Frisaro