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Curtis Granderson hits three homers in first four innings

Apr 19, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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Curtis Granderson had three homers in four innings and then singled in his remaining two at-bats Thursday as the Yankees topped the Twins 7-6.

Granderson, who entered with three homers on the year, took Anthony Swarzak deep in the first and second innings and then launched his third homer off reliever Jeff Gray in the fourth. His subsequent singles while going for homer No. 4 gave him 14 total bases in the game.

Granderson was bidding to become the 15th member of the four-homer club. The last to do it was Toronto’s Carlos Delgado on Sept. 25, 2003 against the Rays. Lou Gehrig is the only Yankee to ever accomplish the feat.

The 14 total bases were the most a player had had in a game since Dustin Pedroia finished with 15 on June 24, 2010 against the Rockies. The last Yankee with so many was Joe DiMaggio on Sept. 10, 1950.

Granderson finished second in the majors with 41 homers last year, two behind Toronto’s Jose Bautista.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Kevin Long.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Of course he did

  3. uyf1950 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Great game by Granderson. I know the Yankees want to give Nunez more playing time but his defense is atrocious. I’m not sure there is a defensive position the Yankees can play him where he won’t hurt them. In any case on to Beantown and lets hope the Yankees get a better start against the Sox this year then they did last year.

    Again great game by Granderson.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      I know the Yankees want to give Nunez more playing time but his defense is atrocious

      Needs to be replayed a million times, and I can’t stop laughing. And I’m a Yankee fan!

      http://i.imgur.com/E31JW.gif

      • wendell7 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

        great clip, church. that ball just refused to cooperate

      • hasbeen5 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        Couldn’t help but laugh out loud, I’m getting funny looks in the office now.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM

      Pretty much the only use Nunez has is keeping A-Rod/Jeter fresh, and that’s only because the Yanks don’t have a better option. But at 60-80 games per year, they really need to find an upgrade.

  4. mianfr - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Not nearly enough respect goes to 3-HR games. In this era, they’re not much rarer than no-hitters, yet often they fail to garner more than a passing mention in a highlight clip (for instance, Alfonso Soriano’s 3-HR game three or so years ago).

    However, everyone is creaming his pants over Edwin Jackson’s 7-walk, 150 pitch “no-hitter.”

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Agreed, but no need to belittle Jackson’s achievement by putting no-hitter in quotes.

      For as sloppy and unorthodox as it was, it WAS a no-hitter.

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Holy shit!

    That is the definition of “locked in.” Major props to him.

    Just in time for the 100th anniversary of Fenway game tomorrow afternoon too…oh, joy. This just keeps getting better and better for us beleaguered Sox fans.

  6. pisano - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Back in the day there was a third baseman named Pete Ward, he could hit like crazy, but he fielded like Nunez. I don’t recall which announcer coined the phrase, but he said: ” if they don’t get Pete Ward off of third base he’ll wind up in traction” I’m starting to feel the same way about Nunez, at any infield position.

  7. groundruledoublebourbon - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Didn’t catch the highlights… Was this Granderson hitting his usual 304-ft fence scrapers over the right field wall that is criminally close to home plate in the Bronx?

    • mjagosports511 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      360′, 352′, 383’…..you were saying?

      • wendell7 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        If he hits those same 3 shots in Fenway this weekend, NONE of them are home runs and two of them will be caught for outs.

        And before anyone starts yapping about it being 302′ to the Pesky Pole…. yes, it is 302′ down the line but it immediately jumps out to 380′ in the alley, which is where Granderson’s balls were hit. It’s only 330′ in the alley at Yankee Stadium

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        I was saying I didn’t see them – thanks for the data. Right field is still absurdly short in the Bronx.

    • lardin - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      Have you seen Pesky Pole? Thats Criminal…

    • hasbeen5 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      What’s your point? He still hit a major league pitch out of a park. Scratch that, 3 major league pitches in one game.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      304-ft fence scrapers over the right field

      http://www.hittrackeronline.com/detail.php?id=2011_9&type=hitter&sortm=true_dist&sort=desc

      And some math since I know you won’t do it

      Of 41 HR hit last year:
      15 would have been out in every park
      27 out of 2/3 of the parks
      only 4/41 were Stadium jobs (less than 5/30 parks)

      His average was 389′ with a long of 443′. He was also second in the AL to Bautista in no doubt HRs which is labeled as “Means the ball cleared the fence by at least 20 vertical feet AND landed at least 50 feet past the fence. These are the really deep blasts.”

      • wendell7 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        Thanks for posting the link, church, it proves my earlier point. Click on “view path” for each of Granderson’s homers from last night’s game, then add the Fenway overlay.

        Yup, none of them are home runs in Fenway.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

        If you hit a ball to 410′ dead center in fenway, it’s an out (or maybe double/triple) but is probably a HR in every other park. So what’s your point, that those specific locations wouldn’t be HRs in fenway, so what?

  8. aceinthehole12 - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Always been a fan of Granderson..glad to see him becoming a household name around the league !

  9. inthearex - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Nunez needs at bats. And if they decided to make him an everyday 3B and make arod the dh, his defense would get better.

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