At the point when the initial three D-backs hitters dove deep in Philadelphia on Monday night, it was an indication of what might be on the horizon.
Arizona and Philadelphia consolidated to hit 13 grand slams at Citizens Bank Park, setting another Major League record by the two groups in a game. The D-backs won, 13-8.
Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte and David Peralta, the initial three D-backs hitters of the night, got Arizona moving with consecutive to-back impacts on its way to a club-record eight long balls. Eduardo Escobar and Ildemaro Vargas each slugged two in the game, and Alex Avila hit one too.
“It was only great to make it go,” Dyson said. “Opening with a homer set the tone and folks came behind me and did likewise. We’ve been swinging some great bats of late and we’re simply attempting to proceed with it. We’re simply attempting to get a decent pitch to hit. That is the objective, that is the course of action when we get in the case. We realize that is an incredible ballclub over yonder, and we’re simply attempting to turn out and give our pitcher a little pad.”
Scott Kingery hit two of five by the Phillies, who additionally got one each from Jean Segura, Rhys Hoskins and Jay Bruce. It was Hoskins’ shot in the ninth that tied the record and Bruce, two players later, who hit the record-breaker.
“I didn’t realize that [it was a record] until I got back in here, yet for reasons unknown the ball was simply completely flying,” Kingery said. “It felt like each ball that went noticeable all around was a grand slam. I don’t know whether that had to do with the climate, the stickiness, I don’t have the foggiest idea. It was only insane out there.”
“I think today was a decent sign of how the ball goes here amidst the late spring,” Phillies supervisor Gabe Kapler said.
Philadelphia starter Jerad Eickhoff took the brunt of Arizona’s yield, surrendering five homers in three or more innings. He was lifted in the fourth in the wake of issuing a leadoff walk pursued by Escobar’s first homer of the game, at that point another walk going before Avila’s impact.
“I couldn’t modify,” Eickhoff said. “I couldn’t change in accordance with everything. I’d complete a thing here, wouldn’t alter, it didn’t work out, make an alteration here, it didn’t work. It was only sort of one of those evenings. Each slip-up I made they had the option to put a really decent swing on it. They had the option to do that for the duration of the night. The most baffling thing is simply not keeping us in the game.”
The new record could have been 14, yet a drive by Philadelphia’s Nick Williams in the eighth inning that was initially controlled a grand slam was changed to a twofold after survey.
The past Major League record of 12 was held by the Tigers and White Sox – who did it against one another twice, on May 28, 1995, at Tiger Stadium, and again on July 2, 2002, at Guaranteed Rate Field. The National League record had been 11, achieved multiple times. The last case was May 17, 1979, by the Cubs and Phillies in 10 innings at Wrigley Field. The main nine-inning round of the four in the NL was on June 11, 1967, between the Cubs and Mets in Chicago.
“You can’t generally clarify it,” D-backs administrator Torey Lovullo said of the new record. “It was only a lot of great hitters getting after it and not easing up on the gas pedal.”