Grand slam record falls again
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Posted: Sunday May 21, 2000 07:35 PM
Jason Giambi crushed a 3-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for his 17th homer of the season and fifth career grand slam. AP
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball had its grandest day ever.
Less than one year after the first five grand-slam day in major league history, there were six hit Sunday.
Anaheim’s Garrett Anderson hit the record-breaker with two outs in the third inning off Kansas City’s Chris Fussell.
J.T. Snow of San Francisco, Brian Hunter of Philadelphia, Jason Giambi of Oakland, and Los Angeles’ Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green connected with the bases loaded earlier in the day, bettering the record set last Aug. 9.
It was the first time the Dodgers had two grand slams in a game since Aug. 23, 1985, when Pedro Guerrero and Mariano Duncan did it against Montreal. The Brooklyn Dodgers also had two slams in a game in 1901 in Cincinnati.
“It is exciting to be a part of history,” Green said. “Especially with the Dodgers and their illustrious past.”
Beltre hit his first career slam in the fifth inning off Jesus Sanchez in Los Angeles’ 12-3 win over the Florida Marlins.
Green capped the Dodgers’ grand day with a bases-loaded shot in a seven-run ninth inning off Antonio Alfonseca.
Slams were part of an even bigger inning in Milwaukee, when Snow capped an 11-run sixth inning with his shot off Valerio De Los Santos. The Giants beat the Brewers 16-10.
Hunter, who entered the game in a 3-for-24 slump, hit his third career grand slam in the third inning off Colorado’s Masato Yoshii, accounting for all of Philadelphia’s runs in a 4-3 victory.
“I’ve been struggling so any hit was going to be a big one for me,” he said. “But a grand slam, that’s pretty big at any time.”
Giambi connected in the second inning off Minnesota’s Sean Bergman for the other slam.
With the season only a quarter over, there have already been 58 grand slams hit. There were 139 slams hit last season, two short of the record sent in 1996.
The grand slam hitters on the previous record-setting day were Fernando Tatis of St. Louis, Jose Vidro of Montreal, Mike Lowell of Florida, Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees and Jay Buhner of Seattle.