Thursday, August 25, 2011

The New York Yankees Become The First Team To Hit Three Grand Slams In One Game

After losing two troubling games to the Oakland A’s, the New York Yankees came back today with a win in historic fashion.  But the score of the game, 22-9, was not nearly as significant as the way the Yankees got over half of those runs.  Twelve of those runs came off of three grand slam home runs, one each by Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson.  The Yankees now stand alone as the only team in major league history to hit three grand slams in a single game.

The day did not start off well.  With the Yankees trailing 7-1 after three innings, the game was stopped for rain, causing an 89-minute delay.  After the delay, the Yankees came on strong.

Robinson Cano was the first to hit a grand slam.  His four run shot in the fifth pulled the Yankees to within one of the A’s lead.  Russell Martin pushed the Yankees into the lead the next inning with his grand slam.  Curtis Granderson rounded out the trio of slams in the eighth.

While the three grand slams are a record, there could have been even more. The bases were loaded 17 times during the game for the Yankees.  Derek Jeter alone got four tries at a grand slam.

And there were even more feats of historical significance.

Martin homered twice and doubled, setting career highs with five hits and six RBIs.

Former Yankee catcher Jorge Posada made his first career appearance at second base.

Derek Jeter lined a leadoff triple in the first passing Rickey Henderson for 21st place on the career hits list with 3,056.  Jeter also scored which put him past Jimmie Foxx for 20th on the all-time runs list with 1,752. 


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