July 14, 2014

Giants Hit Historic Grand Slams

From Elias Sports Bureau:

The Giants beat the Diamondbacks 8-4 yesterday. Giants catcher Buster Posey hit a grand slam in the fifth inning. Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit a grand slam in the sixth inning. It was the first time in MLB history that pitcher/catcher teammates hit grand slams in the same game. It was the second time in Giants history (132 years) that they hit grand slams in consecutive innings; Bill Mueller and Jeff Kent did it against the Dodgers in 1998. And Bumgarner, who hit a grand slam against the Rockies on April 11, is the second pitcher with two slams in the same season. The first was Tony Cloninger (1966).

Clay Buchholz struck out 12 batters in a three-hit complete game shutout on Sunday. It was the highest strikeout total by a Red Sox pitcher in a complete game shutout with no walks since Hideo Nomo fanned 14 batters in a one-hitter against the Blue Jays on May 25, 2001.

Jose Abreu's two-run homer on Saturday was the 50th extra-base hit of his career. Abreu reached the half-century mark in just his 81st major-league game. That's the fewest games any player has needed since Ted Williams did it in his 80th appearance in 1939.

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