Manny Machado had his third grand slam of the 2016 campaign on Tuesday to help power the Orioles to an 11-2 victory versus the Tampa Bay Rays. The win, combined with Toronto’s loss in New York, chipped the division lead down to one game. Meanwhile, the O’s are one up on Detroit for the second wild card after the Tigers lost in Chicago. Manny and the O’s are suddenly feeling grand.
Machado’s grand slam was the O’s sixth as a team, with Jonathan Schoop, Mark Trumbo, and Chris Davis complementing his bases-loaded efforts this season.
The trio of Manny Grannies is the most by an Orioles player since Chris Hoiles had three of his own in 1998.Two of Hoiles’ grand slams came in the same game on Aug. 14, 1998.
Manny has some work to do to capture the O’s team record for grand slams in a season, and the Orioles are well off the pace for the team record.
Manny is now tied for second with three other O’s batters who had three grand slams in a season:
- Hoiles in ’98
- Eddie Murray in 1985
- Reggie Jackson in 1976
As for two grand slams in a seasons, that has happened a robust 32 times in team history.
The O’s team record for grand slams in a season is 11 in 1996. Hoiles, Murray, and B.J. Surhoff each had two grand slams that season to lead the way.