ANAHEIM -- In a time where baseball was in dire need of a smile, Jefry Marte was there to help.
On Tuesday night, the Angels scored seven runs in the fourth inning, leading to an 8-1 defeat of the Oakland A's. No hit was bigger than Marte's.
With the bases loaded, and a 2-1 count, the 25-year-old punished a ball beyond the center-field wall for his first career grand slam.
"He's got some thunder in his bat," said Angels' manager, Mike Scioscia. "When he squares it up, it goes a long way."
A new spark plug in the Angels' lineup, Marte has produced regularly through the 2016 season, hitting .251 with a .768 OPS.
"I'm ready to give the team whatever they need," Marte said through a translator. "Whatever position they need me, my mind is always set to be positive and ready to do what they ask me."
The milestone of his first grand-slam was only made sweeter with the attendance of one fan. Jefry's mother, Luisa.
Marte began his playing career in 2008, eight years ago. His mother had never seen him play in a professional baseball game until Monday night.
"I'm very happy. I feel more happy because my mom was watching from the stands," Marte said with a big grin.
His mother has only been in the states for around a week, Marte said, after just attaining a VISA.
Team staff has informed Marte that they have the ball, and he will be receiving it.
When baseball is in need of a smile, it delivers.