MIAMI -- Jason Bay, who hadn’t started a game since August 25 and hadn’t had an extra-base hit since he homered on August 16, broke out in a big way in Sunday’s first inning.
Bay drove a 1-0 pitch from Mark Buehrle the opposite way for a grand slam to right-center field, giving the Mets a quick 5-0 lead over the Marlins.
The blast represented, in essence, a month’s worth of production for Bay. In other words, from August 3 to Sept. 1, Bay had one home run and four RBIs, which is exactly what he provided with one swing on Sunday.
The grand slam was the fifth of Bay’s career.
This year, he is hitting .157 with 7 homers and 18 RBIs.