SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres rookie Jake Cronenworth hit a grand slam in a wild nine-run second inning Saturday night against Houston, making San Diego the first team in major league history to hit five in six games.
Earlier in the week, the Padres became the first club to hit a grand slam in four straight games.
Cronenworth drove a 3-1 pitch from Humberto Castellanos into the home run deck in right field — which now has a number of mannequins dressed in Padres gear — to give San Diego an 11-1 lead.
It was San Diego’s third homer of the inning and fifth of the game.
Trent Grisham hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career. Grisham launched a leadoff homer and added a three-run shot in the second inning, both off rookie Brandon Bielak. Grisham clocked a two-run drive in the seventh off Joe Biagini to give the Padres a 13-2 lead.
The six RBIs were also a career high. It was the sixth homer of the night for the Padres, tying the club record for a home game set Aug. 9 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
San Diego’s five grand slams in six games:
Aug. 17: Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. sent one yard for his first career grand slam in the top of the eighth inning. The Padres walked away with a 14-4 win to start the series with Texas.
Aug. 18: Wil Myers hit a first-inning grand slam as San Diego routed the Rangers 6-4.
Aug. 19: Third baseman Manny Machado joined the fun and delivered a walk-off grand slam, lifting the Padres over the Rangers 6-3 in the 10th inning.
Aug. 20: First baseman Eric Hosmer sent one deep to right field in the fifth inning for a grand slam, the team's fourth grand slam in as many games against the Texas Rangers. San Diego beat Texas 8-7 in 10 innings.
Aug. 21: The Pads took a break.
Aug. 22: Jake Cronenworth drives a grand slam into right field off the Astro's Humberto Castellanos.