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For the first four innings of today’s matinee between the Yankees and Athletics, Oakland seemed well on its way toward sweeping it first series in the Bronx since June 2006. Then, the Yankees scored 20 runs over the next four innings, turning a 7-2 deficit into a 22-9 victory.

In order to effect the comeback, the Yankees hit two grand slams in successive innings. Robinson Cano belted the first one, which cut the deficit to one run in the fifth, and then, in the following frame, Russell Martin added the second. It was only the fourth time in franchise history that the Yankees hit two grand slams in one game. 

Yankees’ Multi-Grand Slam Games, Since 1901

Date Opp Score Stadium Batters
8/24/2011 OAK 22-9 Yankee Stadium Robinson Cano Russell Martin
        Curtis Granderson  
9/14/1999 TOR 10-6 SkyDome Bernie Williams Paul O’Neill
6/29/1987 TOR 15-14 Exhibition Stadium Don Mattingly Dave Winfield
5/24/1936 PHA 25-2 Shibe Park Tony Lazzeri (2)  


Source: Baseball-reference.com

Not content to merely tie a franchise and league record, the Yankees proceeded to load the bases again…and again…and again. In the seventh inning alone, the Yankees had six different plate appearances with the bases loaded, but the record breaking third grand slam proved elusive. However, after two more failed attempts with the bags juiced in the eighth, Curtis Granderson finally put an exclamation point on history by depositing a 1-2 fastball into the Yankees’ bullpen.

Yankees’ Grand Slams by Year, Since 1950

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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