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By Jon Weisman
There was no grand slam, but three slams that were grand for Yasmani Grandal.
Grandal became the third Dodger catcher ever to hit three homers in a game, joining Roy Campanella (1950) and Mike Piazza (1996), in the Dodgers’ 10-6 victory tonight over San Diego.
Grandal added a bunt single and a line-drive single, finishing the night with five hits and six RBI, becoming the third catcher in MLB history to have at least five hits in a game with three homers. The previous two: Walker Cooper of the Reds in 1940 and Victor Martinez of the Indians in 2004.
For good measure, Grandal also had a great throw to nail Wil Myers attempting to steal second base.
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"So there are many, many ways to spread the parsley around the fish, and Grandal knows every one." – Vin
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) July 9, 2016
All this despite taking a foul ball to the jaw midway through the game.
With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Grandal was in the on-deck circle, needing Yasiel Puig to reach base to have a shot at a fourth home run. Puig obliged with a walk. Batting right-handed for the first time tonight, Grandal hit a 1-2 cutter by Matt Thornton 106 mph, but on a line for a single.
Grandal now has 12 homers on the season — seven of them in his past 11 starts. The six RBI were two shy of his career high, set when he hit two three-run homers and two singles at Milwaukee on May 7 last year.
It’s the second year in a row that a Dodger has hit three homers in a game that Andrew Cashner started at Dodger Stadium. Cashner allowed three homers to Adrian Gonzalez on April 8, 2015 — he allowed two-thirds of Grandal’s trifecta tonight.
In between, Corey Seager had the Dodgers’ 20th all-time three-homer game, on June 3 this year.
With the support of fellow homer-hitters Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick, the 27-year-old Grandal carried the Dodgers on a night that Scott Kazmir needed 85 pitches to get through his three innings. The game was more than two hours old when the fifth inning began.
Pedro Baez threw a career-high 2 2/3 innings, giving him 6 2/3 shutout innings on the homestand, to help stop a Padres comeback.
On the first pitch he saw of his MLB career, newest Dodger outfielder Andrew Toles doubled.
It was a slow moving game and a little boring at times but the good things were watching the Dodgers finally score some runs, Grandal showing he looks like he’s coming around offensively, Toles debut and the Dodgers winning the game.
Spreading the parsley around the fish? How in the world at age 88 does he keep coming with new ones? Answer: he’s The Vin.