Alex Avila’s grand slam off Stephen Strasburg led the Tigers to a 5-1 win over the Nationals. It was the first career slam for Avila and the first off Strasburg in his career.
Nine to Know
- There have been 66 grand slams hit this season off 62 pitchers. A.J. Griffin, Pedro Hernandez, Phil Hughes, and Chris Sale have surrendered two each.
- There have been 61 different batters who have slammed this season. Edwin Encarnacion, Paul Goldschmidt, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli, and Alex Gordon have hit two apiece.
- This season, pitchers from the Twins, Rays, Padres, Phils, Astros and White Sox have each allowed four slams.
- Mariners and Tigers batters have hit five slams each while batters from the Royals Mets, Braves, and Red Sox have hit four each.
- Comerica Park has been the site for six homers, Yankee Stadium five, and Wrigley and Citizen’s Bank home for four each.
- The 6th has been the most common inning to hit a slam with 12, with the 3rd inning next with 11.
- Since 2008, Ryan Dempster has allowed six slams, Brian Bannister and Johan Santana have allowed five each, and Dave Bush, Jake Arrieta, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Luke Hochevar, Carlos Marmol, and Aaron Laffey have permitted four each.
- This season, there have been 20 slams hit in the first three innings, 24 in innings four through six, and from the 7th inning on 22 slams have been hit.
- There has been one 9th inning slam and eight extra-inning slams. There have been four walkoff slams this season.