Notebook: Grandy, Cano and other notes
August, 25, 2011
By Ian Begley and Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
Curtis Granderson has been “one of a few guys” to set a major-league record. He’s also been “the first guy of a season” to reach a record. But prior to Thursday, he’s never been of a team that’s made major league history.
“The fact that we as a team have done something that all the teams that have ever played this game have never done before, especially all of the offenses, it’s pretty neat,” said Granderson, whose eighth-inning grand slam gave the Yankees a major league record three grand slams in one game.
Granderson finished the day with 103 RBIs and 36 home runs on the year. He is now second in the American League in home runs (one behind Toronto’s Jose Bautista) and leads all of baseball in RBIs.
He recaptured the team lead in home runs from Mark Teixeira with his homer.
CANO CHANGES THE GAME: Granderson's grand slam set the record. Russell Martin's grand slam gave the Yankees the lead for good. But it was Robinson Cano's home run that changed the momentum in the game.
The Yankees trailed 7-2 in the fifth inning when Cano came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. With his grand slam, Cano cut the lead to 7-6 and the Yankees never looked back from that point. Cano's grand slam was his 22nd home run of the year and he now has 93 RBIs on the season.
"As soon as that ball left his bat, kind of had that mentality that we're going to win this game," outfielder Nick Swisher said. "After that, then Russ', what a game man, that was fun to watch."
STAT ATTACK: Here are some neat stats from ESPN Stats & Information, who received help from the Elias Sports Bureau:
The Yankees are the sixth team to have three players record at least five RBIs...The Yankees scored four or more runs in four straight innings, the first time in team history and the first time in MLB since 1993...The Yankees 13-run win is tied for the biggest win ever by a team that railed by as many as six runs...The Yankees last scored 22 runs at home in 1931...The 22 runs are the most by any team this season...The Yankees had 16 plate appearances with the bases loaded...The 22-9 final score is the first of its kind since 1902.