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Heading for 200 home runs to a full house

With regard to the vibrant offensive day that Wilmer Flores experienced against the Cardinals on Saturday, May 7 at Oracle Park in San Francisco, visiting the plate three times with bases loaded and dropping the fifth grand slam of his career, it is appropriate the occasion to remember that 69 years have passed since the first home run with three bases by a Venezuelan slugger in the Major Leagues.

On May 12, 1953, in a game between the White Sox and the Red Sox, held at Boston's Fenway Park, Alfonso "Chico" Carrasquel went home with one out in the second inning, finding Shem Lollar, Orestes Miñoso and Jim Rivera. Before the third shipment made by the left-hander Mel Parnell, he took the ball over the green monster to direct the white-legged to win 9 runs by 7.

From that blow by Carrasquelito to which we commented on Flores, the harvest of blows to a house full of Venezuelans in MLB is 186, that is, with 14 more, the two hundred will be billed.

Flores returned to take turns with a full ticket in the fourth act and sacrifice fly to get his fifth RBI, and in the eighth act, again with three fellow drivers, he negotiated a walk to finish with half a dozen RBIs in the match.

Brand of Andres Galarraga

The record for grand slams for batsmen from Venezuela is held by Andrés Galarraga with 10: 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994 (2), 1995 (2), 1997 (2) and 2000.

They are followed by Bob Abreu with 9; Magglio Ordóñez and Ramón Hernández gave 7 each.

  • With six appear José Altuve, Antonio Armas, Miguel Cabrera, David Concepción and Carlos González
  • With five are: Wilmer Flores, Víctor Martínez, Melvin Mora, Rougned Odor and Salvador Pérez
  • With four they are: Edgardo Alfonzo, Alfonso Carrasquel, Francisco Cervelli, Yorvit Torrealba and Omar Vizquel
  • Three include Henry Blanco, Asdrúbal Cabrera, Willson Contreras, Baudilio Díaz, Freddy Galvis, Marwin González, Carlos Guillén, Miguel Montero. Gerardo Parra, Juan Rivera, Marco Scutaro and Eugenio Suárez.

A total of fifteen doubled their home runs at home and 35 hit one for a grand total of 84 Venezuelan batters with a harvest of 86 four-corner strikes with three men on base.

The King vs. The Gocho, emblematic

Surely of these 186 grand slams with a Venezuelan stamp, the one that most evokes the fans is the one that Félix Hernández gave to Johan Santana in an interleague match between the Mariners and the Mets, on June 23, 2008, at Shea Stadium in the city. from New York.

With two outs on the board and bases loaded (Adrián Beltré, Jeff Clement and Willie Bloomquist), in the upper part of the second inning, the man from Carabobo took the ball through the deepest center-right before the first delivery made by the meridan lefty.

But that hit was the fourth of a Venezuelan batter against a compatriot.

The first occurred on September 16, 1997 with a clearly Zulian invoice, when Eduardo Pérez (Braves) threw it to Wilson Álvarez (Gigantes), in the sixth inning, at Turner Field, to lead Atlanta to win by a score of 6-4

On August 24, 2003, at the Toronto Skydome, Ramón Hernández, of the Athletics, disappeared the ball to a full house, with two outs, in the first act, before a shipment from right-hander Kelvim Escovar, and Oakland prevailed by beating 17-2.

On June 4, 2004, in Baltimore, Melvin Mora, of the Orioles, unloaded a grand slam in the third inning, against Víctor Zambrano, of the Manta Rays, but could not prevent the visitors from Tampa from prevailing by a score of 8 for 7 .

After Hernández's famous hit against Santana, there have been two more Venezuelan vs. Venezuelan.

Alberto Callaspo, of the Angels, threw it to the King almost ten years ago, on May 26, 2012, at Safeco Field in Seattle. He went to the top of the sixth inning and gave the visitors a 5-3 win.

And Gleyber Torres is the last Venezuelan slugger who has taken the ball to a full house against a countryman. It happened on August 2, 2019, at Yankee Stadium, during the first inning and the victim of the visiting Boston Red Sox was the left-hander from Carabobo Eduardo Rodríguez.

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