Mets End 23-Month Slam Drought, Move Above .500 for 1st Time Since April
The New York Mets ended an almost two-year wait for a grand slam and moved above .500 for the first time since the opening week of the Major League Baseball season with a 14-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers.
Jason Bay hit his third career grand slam and first since 2006 in the fourth inning at Comerica Park, Detroit, last night to record the first four-run homer for the Mets since Angel Pagan on Aug. 1, 2009. Carlos Beltran then tallied his ninth career slam and first since 2008 in the next inning. The Mets’ grand slam drought was the longest in the league.
“Sometimes in this game there are things that take a while to happen,” Beltran told reporters. “Today, we were able to hit two. No explanation for it.”
The Mets had 280 at-bats with the bases loaded in 299 games since Pagan’s grand slam. It was the longest streak without a four-run homer since the Florida Marlins went 363 games without a grand slam from 2002 to 2004.
The victory took the Mets to 40-39, the first time they have been above .500 since April 6, when they were 3-2.
Opponents recorded 18 grand slams against New York during the drought, according to Stats LLC.
Both scores last night came off reliever Daniel Schlereth. The last club to hit grand slams in consecutive innings was the Washington Nationals on July, 27, 2009, according to Stats.
The Milwaukee Brewers now assume the mantle of longest streak without a grand slam, having last scored one on June 14, 2010.
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