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Didi Gregorius ties club-record with third Grand Slam

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (USA) - Didi Gregorius hit his second grand slam homerun of the season on Tuesday (September 11). Nevertheless, the New York Yankees were left empty-handed, as the team lost 10-5 at Minnesota Twins in Target Field. For Gregorius, this was his 23rd homerun of the season.

Gregorius was also involved in the first run the Yankees scored in the second inning. With one out, the Amsterdam-born short stop tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Gary Sanchez.

...Didi Gregorius tied a club-record with the...
...third grand slam in his career...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Trailing 1-0, Minnesota scored three runs in the bottom of the third and added a run in the fourth. Now leading 4-1, Minnesota rallied for six runs in the fifth. That was highltighted by a grand slam by Joe Mauer, the fifth in his career.

Trailing 10-1, the Yankees got back into the game in the top of the sixth. Andrew McCutchen led off with a walk, but was forced out on a grounder by Aaron Hicks. The bases then got loaded when Miguel Andujar singled and Giancarlo Stanton walked. That led to a pitching change and Trevor May took over and he faced Didi Gregorius. With an 1-1 count, Gregorius drilled the ball over the rightfield wall for a grand slam homerun. That narrowed the deficit to 10-5, but more runs were not scored in the game.

For Gregorius, this was his second grand slam of the season and the third in his career. He hit his first one this year on April 23, also against Minnesota. Last season, on July 1 against Houston Astros, hit the first grand slam in his Major League-career. With three grand slams, Gregorius tied the club-record for most grand slams by a short stop. The only other Yankees short stop to do so was legendary Frankie Crosetti, who played for the team in 1932-1948. Crosetti also was a coach of the Yankees in 1946-1968. In his career with the Yankees, Crosetti won seventeen World Series and participated in 23, the most ever for an individual. Gregorius became the first Yankees short stop to hit two grand slams in one season.

Gregorius also became the first Yankees-player to hit a triple and a grand slam in one game since Robinson Canó did so on September 15, 2005.

Recently, Gregorius was on the disabled list, but he was activated again last Friday (September 7).

The Yankees are in second place of the American League Eastern Division, behind Boston Red Sox, which already secured itself of a spot in the Play-Offs. However, the Yankees are in first place to capture one of the two Wild Card-spots.

(September 13)

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