In the first inning of yesterday’s 5-1 win over the Marlins, Ronny Cedeno led off with a double to center:
Justin Turner followed with his own double, but because of the possibility of the ball being caught by Giancarlo Stanton in right field, Cedeno could only advance to third:
David Wright drove Cedeno in from third on a ground out:
After Scott Hairston popped out, Ike Davis followed with a walk and Kelly Shoppach was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Jason Bay, who drove 1-0 pitch for an opposite-field Grand Slam:
“It’s obviously been a very trying time, and I take a lot of pride in trying to be the same guy every day,” Bay told reporters after the game.
It was Bay’s first home run since August 16 and his first Grand Slam since September 8, 2011 against the Braves.
“He is a professional,” Collins told reporters after the game. “He’s the first guy to stand up and say, ‘Look, I’m not getting it done and I don’t blame you for what’s going on — I’ve got nobody to blame but myself.’ That’s the way he is. He only talks about the team, ‘Whatever I can do to help the team. Today was a huge game for him, and that’s the role he is going to play right now. To come in and get big hits like he did, hopefully this is a start.”
Bay is now 5-for-43 with runners in scoring position this season – the Grand Slam was his second home run in such situations.
He is now hitting .160 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 162 at-bats this season.