Josh Willingham Hits Grand Slams In Back To Back AB's In The Washington Nationals' 14-6 Win Over The Milwaukee Brewers.
by Ed Chigliak on Jul 28, 2009 12:55 AM EDT
Washington Nationals' Josh Willingham (16) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, July 27, 2009, in Milwaukee. The grand slam was his second of the game. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
According to the Stats_MLB Twitter Feed, Josh Willingham became the third player in National League history, and according to an article at CBS Sports.com, the 13th player in Major League history to hit two grand slams in one game when he hit grand slams in two straight at bats tonight in Milwaukee. Willingham also tied the franchise record, held by the Expos' Tim Wallach, for RBI's in a game with the 8 he collected tonight in the Nationals' 14-6 win over the Brewers.
Josh Willingham hit his first Grand Slam on a first pitch fastball from Milwaukee right-hander Jeff Suppan with two outs in the fifth inning to put the Nationals up 6-2, but the Brewers responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame to pull within one at 6-5 DC. Adam Dunn hit a ground rule double with runners on first and second in the sixth, to make it 7-5 Washington, so it was runners on second and third when Nick Johnson took a one-out walk from Brewers' reliever Mitch Stetter. Stetter was replaced on the mound by right-hander Mark DiFelice and once again, Josh Willingham stepped to the plate. DiFelice threw an 83 mph "fast"ball by Willingham outside for strike one, but the second "heater" was up and out over the plate for the Hammer, and Willingham put it out to left center in a hurry for his second Grand Slam in his second consecutive at bat. 13-5 Nationals, and Ryan Zimmerma--THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! Ryan Zimmerman hits his 18th HR in the eighth to end the scoring for the evening. 14-6.