CLEVELAND (AP) -- As a youngster, Travis Hafner was a Don
Mattingly fan. Now, he's matched his grand slam record.
Hafner hit his sixth grand slam in Cleveland's 11-run first
inning to tie Mattingly's single-season record and the Indians
routed the Kansas City Royals 13-0 Sunday.
Travis Hafner's sixth grand slam of 2006 was his 35th home run on the season and also gave him 104 RBI.
Travis Hafner, Indians, 2006
Don Mattingly, Yankees, 1987
Jim Gentile, Orioles, 1961
Ernie Banks, Cubs, 1955
Nine players tied
"It's pretty cool to tie a major league record," Hafner said.
"Mattingly was one of the best hitters in the game. I liked to
watch him on TV when I was young."
Hafner put Cleveland ahead 11-0 with his 35th homer of the
season and tied Mattingly's mark set with the New York Yankees in
The Indians got the historic baseball back from a fan and gave
it to Hafner, who has 45 games remaining with a chance to break the
"I'll have to see if there is a next one," Hafner said. He is
8-for-13 with six homers and 29 RBI this season with the bases
loaded. It was his eighth career grand slam.
The first 10 Indians to bat all reached base and scored against
Luke Hudson (5-4).
"It was one of those days where everything was wild and what
wasn't was right down the middle," Royals manager Buddy Bell said.
It was the largest first inning by the Indians since opening
with 11 runs against the Baltimore Orioles on July 6, 1954. The
team record is a 14-run first inning against the Philadelphia
Athletics on June 18, 1950.
"Every day you see something different," Indians manager Eric
Wedge said. "It was crazy. I've never seen a first inning like
Rookie Jeremy Sowers (4-3) gave up five hits over six innings.
He struck out two and walked one to help Cleveland complete a
four-game series sweep and match a season-high six-game winning
streak set April 4-11. The left-hander is 3-0 over his last five
starts, allowing five earned runs in 36 innings to lower his ERA
from 7.94 to 3.53.
"There's nothing wrong with my teammates getting hits and
scoring runs," Sowers said. "When they finally make that third
out 45 minutes later, you go out and try to pitch your game.
Andrew Brown made his major league debut for Cleveland after
being called up from Triple-A Buffalo and pitched two scoreless
The Royals have been outscored 74-31 in losing 11 in a row at
Jacobs Field since July 20, 2005.
"We definitely need to get out of here for a while," Bell
Hudson gave up 10 earned runs and eight hits with three walks in
one-third of an inning, falling to 5-1 since being recalled from
Triple-A Omaha on June 30.
"I had one of those days, to say the least," Hudson said. "I
never expected one this bad. I just goes to show that you can't get
too high after a few wins and I shouldn't be too low after a loss
The right-hander walked Grady Sizemore and Hafner around a
single by Jason Michaels to start the 31-minute bottom of the
first. Victor Martinez hit a two-run single and Shin-Soo Choo a
two-run double to make it 4-0.
Sizemore singled off Hudson's glove to score Peralta and after
Michaels struck out, Hafner hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right,
giving him 104 RBI, five short of his career best. His 35th homer
extended his career high.
"Nobody wanted to make that first out," Hafner said. "I was
glad J-Mike did just before I got up there."
Said Michaels: "We were having so much fun, I said, 'OK guys,
keep it going, so I can come around again and make the second out.'
Martinez doubled to finish Hudson, who was replaced by Todd
Wellemeyer. The right-hander got Choo to ground out and Garko to
fly to left to finally end the rally.
Garko homered in the fourth to make it 12-0 and Franklin
Gutierrez hit his first career homer off Andrew Sisco in the
Wellemeyer gave up one run and two hits over 6 2-3 innings.
Hafner had been tied with Baltimore's Jim Gentile (1961)
and Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs (1955) with five grand slams.
... RHP Jeremy Guthrie was optioned back to Buffalo when the
Indians called up Brown. ... Inglett returned to the Indians'
lineup after missing three games with a sprained left foot. ...
Hudson has allowed 17 earned runs in only 2 2-3 innings (57.38 ERA)
in two career starts against Cleveland. ... Royals CF David
DeJesus' leadoff single in the first extended his streak of
reaching base safely to 19 games. ... The Indians' 14-run first
inning in 1950 is tied for the AL record, and one off the modern
major league record.