Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium the New York Yankees truly were the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees became the first team in major league history to hit three grand slams in one game en route to scoring 20 runs over four innings in a 22-9 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson all hit grand slams. Martin also hit a solo home run and went 5-for-5 with six RBI as the Yankees overcame a 7-1 deficit for an overwhelming victory.
Cano hit his grand slam in the fifth inning, Martin got his in the sixth and Granderson knocked a 94 mph fastball from Bruce Billings into the bullpen in the eighth inning to set the mark.
The game was delayed 89 minutes at the start because of rain and took 4 hours and 31 minutes to play. Things got so out of hand that Jorge Posada played second base for the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth and recorded the last out on a ground ball.
Phil Hughes was shaky as the starter for the Yankees, lasting only 2.2 innings and being charged with six runs on seven hits. In the end, though, the Yankees made Hughes’ struggles a distant memory.