Friars get weeks 5th slam, 3 HRs by Grisham – MLB.com

SAN DIEGO — The Padres had their record-setting slam streak snapped on Friday night. So Jake Cronenworth started a new one on Saturday — and he did so as part of an epic power display, which also saw Trent Grisham go deep three times.
In total, the Padres launched six

SAN DIEGO — The Padres had their record-setting slam streak snapped on Friday night. So Jake Cronenworth started a new one on Saturday — and he did so as part of an epic power display, which also saw Trent Grisham go deep three times.

In total, the Padres launched six home runs in their 13-2 rout of the Astros, tying the franchise record for a game in San Diego — a mark they set earlier this month in an Aug. 9 victory over Arizona. Five of their home runs on Saturday night came in the first two innings, including Cronenworth’s, which brought Slam Diego back.

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The breakout rookie turned around a 3-1 fastball from Astros right-hander Humberto Castellanos in the second inning, sending it to the right-field porch at Petco Park. It was the Padres’ fifth grand slam in six games, the first time any team in MLB history has achieved that feat. On Thursday, San Diego became the first team to hit grand slams in four consecutive games.

Remarkably, Cronenworth is the fifth different Padres batter to hit a slam this week. Fernando Tatis Jr.. started the run with his now-infamous 3-0 swing on Monday night. Wil Myers, Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer followed suit.

Grisham is still waiting for his first slam. But his power clearly isn’t the problem. Grisham put together a career night, becoming the first Padre with a three-homer game this season. On the team’s first swing of the game, he launched his second career leadoff home run. An inning later, he took Astros right-hander Brandon Bielak deep again.

Grisham made it three with a two-run blast in the seventh off Joe Biagini, the icing on top of a sixth straight Padres victory.

It may be a shortened season, but the Padres still have a shot at some franchise history. Their single-season slam record is 10 set in 2001. They have six of the Majors’ 22 grand slams this season – easily the most in baseball.

They could also break another record if they hit a grand slam at some point in the next eight games. The Padres are one of five teams in baseball history with six grand slams in a calendar month. The Red Sox did so most recently, in April 2018.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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