HOUSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox got a double order of grand salami in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros. J.D. Martinez launched a grand slam in the top of the first, and then Rafael Devers followed with another slam in the top of the second in Boston’s 9-5 win.
Boston not only evened the ALCS at a game apiece on Saturday night, but those big swings made some MLB history. The 2021 Red Sox became the first team to hit two grand slams in the same postseason game.
Impressive, considering the Red Sox only needed two innings to accomplish that feat on Saturday night.
Martinez hit his slam on a 1-0 fastball from Houston starter Luis Garcia, launching the offering 363 feet into the right field stands.
EVERYBODY GET UP IT'S TIME TO SLAM NOW! pic.twitter.com/gsgJhge9f8
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It was Martinez’s second homer of the 2021 postseason, after he hit 28 during the regular season.
Devers hit his slam in the second inning off Jake Odorizzi, who came on in relief after Garcia left with an injury after facing one batter in the frame. Devers hit his blast on a 1-1 cutter from Odorizzi, sneaking it around the foul pole in right.
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Making Boston’s double dip of grand slams even more impressive is the fact that the team hit just three grand slams during the 2021 regular season.
Saturday was the first time that the Red Sox hit a pair of grand slams in the same game since May 22, 2008, when J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell each clubbed four-run homers against the Kansas City Royals.