Kemp Ties Dodger Record With Third Slam

Matt Kemp slugged his third grand slam of the 2009 season in the final series with Miukww just before the All-Star break, tieing him club record along with Kal Daniels (1990), Mike Piazza (1998) and Adrian Beltré (2004). Oyster Burns hit the first Brooklyn slam in 1890. Gil Hodges hit the last one in 1957 and the first one in Los Angeles in 1958.

Two grand slams in a single game is a real rarity, but Jimmy Sheckard and Joe Kelly performed the feat in 1901, with Sheckard added another slam the following day. Pedro Guerrero and Mariano Duncan, now the Dodgers first base coach, each hit one one in the same game in 1985.

Daniels hit his first grand slam in May, then added two more in September ten days apart. Beltré hit his in July, August and September and Piazza, remarkably enough, hit all three on April 9, 10 and 24 of 1998, just before his ill-fated trade.

Kemp has collected slams on April 19 against Colorado, May seventh against Washington, both in Dodger Stadium, and his third on July 10 in Milwaukee in the top of the 10th inning.

Piazza was the oldest at 29. Daniels was 26, Beltré 24 and Kemp is 24. After the quartet with three each, those who have hit two grand slams is an single season are as follows:

Adrian Beltré (2000), Todd Benzinger (19920 Del Bissonette (1930), Greg Brock (1985), Dolph Camilli (1942), Roy Campanella (1951-52-53), Ron Cey (1977), Carl Furillo (1952), Nomar Garciaparra (2006),Steve Garvey 1977), Shawn Green (2000-04), Babe Herman (1929), Gene Hermanski (1949), Gil Hodges (1949-50-51-52-57), Frank Howard (1960), Todd Hundley (2000), Brian Jordan (2002), Jeff Kent (2005), Cookie Lavagetto (1939), Mike Marshall (1985), Luis Olmo (1945), Mike Piazza (1994-95), Mike Scioscia (1989), Jimmy Sheckard (1901), Duke Snider (1953-55), Danny Taylor (1935), Robin Ventura (2004).

Career Records-- Gil Hodges holds the franchise record for most grand slams (14), hitting 13 in Brooklyn and one in Los Angeles, and is the only player in double figures. He hit a pair of jackpot shots in 1949, 1954, 1951, 1952 and 1957. Thirteen of them came in Brooklyn. Mike Marshall, who has six, is the Los Angeles leader.

Carl Furillo and Mike Piazza (8); Roy Campanella, Shawn Green, Mike Marshall and Pee Wee Reese (6); Adrian Beltré, Ron Cey and Duke Snider (5) round out the top 10.

The all-time grand-slam leader, Gil Hodges, hit a pair of grand slam home runs in 1949, 1950, 1951, and 1952 en route to his record 14.

Dodger Grand Slam leaders:
14 - Gil Hodges
 8 - Carl Furillo
 8 - Mike Piazza (LA record)
 6 - Roy Campanella, Shawn Green, Mike Marshall, Pee Wee Reese.
 5 - Adrian Beltré, Ron Cey, Duke Snider.
 4 - Dusty Baker, Greg Brock, Kal Daniels, Steve Garvey, 
  Matt Kemp, Dixie Walker, Steve Yeager.
 3 - Del Bissonette, Dolph Camilli, Tommy Davis, Willie Davis, Frank Howard, Cookie Lavagetto, Jimmy Sheckard, 
  Danny Taylor. 

Two each - Todd Benzinger, Oyster Burns, Billy 
Cox, Bruce Edwards, Ron Fairly, Nomar Garciaparra, 
Pedro Guerrero, Babe Herman, Gene Hermanski, 
Brian Jordan, Eric Karros, Jeff Kent, Candy LaChance, 
Davey Lopes, Ken McMullen, Raul Mondesi, Luis 
Olmo, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Roseboro, Mike Scioscia, 
Robin Ventura, Zach Wheat, Hack Wilson, Jimmy 
Wynn, Todd Zeile.
Erv Palica (1950) and Don Drysdale (1961) are the only to pitchers to hit grand slams. Only twenty-two-year-old Jimmy Sheckard (1903) and Piazza have collected one on successive days. The Los Angeles leaders: Los Angeles 8 - Mike Piazza 6 - Shawn Green 6 - Mike Marshall 8 5 - Adrian Beltré 5 - Ron Cey 5 - Ron Cey 4 - Dusty Baker 4 - Greg Brock 4 - Kal Daniels 4 - Steve Garvey 4 - Matt Kemp 4 - Steve Yeager Three each- Del Bissonette, Dolph Camilli, Tommy Davis, Willie Davis. Frank Howard, Cookie Lavagetto, Danny Taylor, Jimmy Sheckard, Gary Sheffield.

Martin Moves into Record Book
The little boy (or girl) in all of us have played the game many times. Bottom of the ninth, score tied, bases loaded and you're at bat. Russell Martin acted out the part in real time against Pittsburgh on April 21, 2007, except the game was in the 10th. And it ended like it does for all of us non-participants: grand slam, game over, instant heroship.

Normally forgotten in the dream were the important participants who tied the game in the ninth so it would reach the 10th and those who reached base before the big hit.

Pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez tied the game in the ninth almost by himself, reaching base on a fielder's choice after Andre Ethier worked a crucial eight-pitch walk, racing to second on a wild pitch and taking third on an overthrow by the catcher. He scored moments later on a passed ball, sliding across the plate just before the tag.

In the 10th, Juan Pierre led off the inning with a line single to right and moved to second on a single by Jeff Kent. Luis Gonzalez worked a walk, setting the stage for Martin' big hit that landed in the Dodgers' bullpen in left field and in the hearts of the Dodger fans.

The Dodgers maintained their two-game lead over second-place San Diego in the NL West, winning their third game in a row and sixth in seven starts.

Martin's big hit broke a 3-3 tie to beat Pittsburgh 7-3 and put his name in the Dodger record book. His winning shot was the 11th walkoff grand slam in franchise history.

With the winning hit he joined Hack Wilson (5/14/33), Dolph Camilli (8/23/42) Jackie Robinson (6/24/48), Tommy Davis (6/2/61), Davey Lopes (7/6/78 and 9/2/79), Mike Marshall (9/7/83), Dave Hansen (6/28/93), Steve Finley (10/2/04) and Nomar Garciaparra (9/24/06) with game-winning grand slam home runs.