Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On This Date in MLB History: Grand Slam Sensations

By Adam Lowenstein

In each of the last six years, there has been a grand slam on June 12. The most notable and most recent grand slam was Alex Rodriguez’s 23rd career grand slam, which was off Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters on June 12, 2012. That grand slam for Rodriguez tied him with Lou Gehrig for the most in MLB history.

Some other interesting grand slams have occurred on June 12. Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney hit a third-inning grand slam en route to a Dodgers’ 10-8 victory. Loney went 3-of-5 that night with two runs and four runs batted in.

In 2010, Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava became the fourth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first major league at bat and just the second to do it on the first pitch. He hit it off Joe Blanton as the Red Sox trounced the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-2.

Jorge Posada also hit a grand slam on June 12, 2010. Cody Ross took Brandon League yard for a game-winning grand slam in 2009. In 2008, Hideki Matsui also made Joe Blanton a grand-slam victim in a 4-1 Yankees victory. Mike Lowell hit the other one on June 12, 2008. Finally, Carlos Pena was the player with a grand slam in 2007 on this date. It will be intriguing to see if the MLB can make it seven consecutive years on June 12.

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