The Yankees became the first team in major league history to hit three grand slams in one game in their 22-9 demolition of the Oakland A’s on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson were the three Yankees to go deep with the bases loaded.
“You have to be pretty fortunate to be able to do that because you've got to get the bases loaded a lot,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It's a pretty crazy accomplishment when you think about it.”
On the day, Martin nailed two homers, driving in six runs, while going 5-for-5. He finished the game by moving from behind the plate to third base, while Jorge Posada played second for the first time in his career.
The Yankees hit a total of five homers on the day. They had plenty of chances to hit the grand slams as they had 17 plate appearances with the bases loaded.
“Just the opportunity to hit three in a day doesn’t happen very often and we got it done, it was pretty special,” Martin said.
When Granderson came to the plate in the eighth against Bruce Billings, the Yankees were unaware that they were one swing away from history. Girardi said he didn’t realize they had set the record until he read it on the stadium scoreboard.
“The fact that we as a team have done something that all the teams that have ever played this game have done before, especially all the offenses, it's pretty neat,” Granderson said.
Granderson went over 100 RBIs for the first time in his career. He has 103 on the season. When Granderson went deep in the eighth, no one was more excited than Posada.
Posada had badgered Girardi throughout the game to let him play second. The manager had hesitated before finally relenting with the Yankees up by 14 runs entering the ninth.
Before switching to catcher, Posada was a minor league second baseman. He had never played second before in the majors. He fielded the final out of the game and threw extremely hard and in the dirt to Nick Swisher, who had moved from right field to first base.
Swisher made the diving stop to end the game and Posada had a big smile after the four-and-a-half hour marathon ended.
“He fielded very well,” Girardi said. “We're going to have to work on his throw though a little bit. He wound up like he had to throw it 126 feet.”
Posada added, "That tells you exactly why they put me behind the plate."
After three innings, the Yankees were down 7-1 before they started smashing the A’s to avoid the sweep.
Cano’s grand slam came in the fifth, while Martin’s was in the sixth. Granderson shot came in the eighth.
In the history of the franchise, the Yankees have only hit two grand slams in one game on four previous occasions. The last time it happened was in September of 1999 when Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill did it in Toronto. That was the only other time the Yankees hit grand slams in consecutive innings, as Cano and Martin did on Thursday.
The Yankees have now hit a major-league best eight grand slams this season. Five have come this month.
Ian Begley and Matthew Ehalt contributed to this report.