Following the sixth-inning grand slam off the bat of Houston Astros first baseman Yulieski Gurriel, the Astros have now hit grand slams in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. Third baseman Alex Bregman hit a first-inning grand slam during the second half of a day-night doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Sunday night.
For Gurriel, it’s just the sixth home run of his major league career. Not surprisingly, his grand slam on Monday was the first in the big leagues since arriving last August. Similarly, it was the same for Bregman, who debuted less than a month earlier.
The Astros, as a team, dig the long ball. Coming into the night, they were third in the American League with 51 home runs through their first 38 games. They have been hit by young stars like George Springer, who is tied for the team lead with nine, and by veteran role players like Marwin Gonzalez, who has also clubbed nine. Gonzalez is also the only other Astro to have hit a grand slam this season.
Houston now draws into a three-way tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals for the major league lead with three grand slams thus far in 2017. Four others have hit a pair of their own.
The Houston Astros began as a franchise in 1962 and had never hit grand slams in back-to-back games before Sunday and Monday. Now, two players who had never hit grand slams in the majors combined to break that streak.