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Former Tucson Padre makes history in first Major League game

Former Tucson Padre makes history in first Major League game

CREATED Jun. 30, 2012

Sports Director: Jason Barr

Denver, Colorado (Associated Press) Yasmani Grandal stepped off the plane and made baseball history.

Grandal, called up from Triple-A before Saturday's game, homered from both sides of the plate for his first two hits in the majors and led the San Diego Padres to an 8-4 win over the Colordo Rockies.

 "I can't describe how remarkable this is," Grandal said. "Just getting the call-up was surreal. To get called up and hit two home runs for my first two hits, it's just incredible."

 It was the first time a player has homered from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits, according to the Padres, with information supplied from Elias Sports Bureau.

 Alexi Amarista, who hit a grand slam Thursday in Houston for his first big league homer, connected in consecutive innings for the Padres.

 Grandal, who had one at-bat in his debut four weeks ago, flew out to right in the second before he hit a solo home run in the fourth off Christian Friedrich.

 He said after fouling a ball off his foot in the second he felt zoned in on Friedrich's delivery.

 "I told (hitting coach Phil) Plantier, 'Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I've got this guy,' " Grandal said. "You could see his fastball. If you looked for it you could hit it. He made a mistake and he left it up and I put a good swing on it."

 Grandal sent a two-run shot in the sixth into the left-field bleachers off Jeremy Guthrie (3-7) for a 3-2 lead. 

"I can't describe how remarkable this is," Grandal said. "Just getting the call-up was surreal. To get called up and hit two home runs for my first two hits, it's just incredible."

It was the first time a player has homered from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits, according to the Padres, with information supplied from Elias Sports Bureau.

Alexi Amarista, who hit a grand slam Thursday in Houston for his first big league homer, connected in consecutive innings for the Padres.

Grandal, who had one at-bat in his debut four weeks ago, flew out to right in the second before he hit a solo home run in the fourth off Christian Friedrich.

He said after fouling a ball off his foot in the second he felt zoned in on Friedrich's delivery. 

"I told (hitting coach Phil) Plantier, 'Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I've got this guy,' " Grandal said. "You could see his fastball. If you looked for it you could hit it. He made a mistake and he left it up and I put a good swing on it."

Grandal sent a two-run shot in the sixth into the left-field bleachers off Jeremy Guthrie (3-7) for a 3-2 lead.

 

 

 

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