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Yasmani Grandal goes yard twice in historic performance

Jul 1, 2012, 9:52 AM EDT

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Anthony Rizzo isn’t the only youngster doing it big.

Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, making his first career major league start, slugged a solo home run from the right side of the plate in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 8-4 defeat of the Rockies. He then hit a two-run shot from the left side of the dish in the sixth.

According to the Associated Press, via NBC Sports, it was the first time in major league history that a player had homered from each side of the plate for the first two hits of his career. “I can’t describe how remarkable this is,” Grandal said later. “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.”

The 23-year-old Cuban switch-hitter was acquired this past winter from the Reds in the Mat Latos trade. He’s expected to see regular action behind the plate in the wake of Nick Hundley‘s demotion.

  1. whodeytn - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Grandal > Meseraco. Unfortunately.

    • contraryguy - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Well, we’ll see. At this point it’s like judging draft picks… takes years to score it. I don’t think Mez will match Grandal for offense, but I’d rather have Mez behind the plate.

    • metalhead65 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      you can’t judge that as long as meseraco only plays 2 games a week due to the reds having a pretty good veteran in hannigan. plus it was one game,let’s see how he does playing everyday the rest of the season.

  2. drewsylvania - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Holy &#$@.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Clap-clap. Another remarkable baseball feat. (2 cycles within 2 weeks). Now this kids first 2 hits are homers, from both sides. That’s why we watch these games. After 40+ years of watching, I still see stuff that is nothing short of marvelous.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Yup. Even a game between 4th and 5th place clubs 20 games under .500 can be worth watching. Sometimes.

      Of course, it’s not that unusual for a 6′-2″ 220 lb. catcher to hit two homers, but what about Alexi Amarista, 5′-7″ 150 lbs hitting two in the same game? He swings a bat almost as big as he is, and apparently adopted Ted Williams’ swing.

  4. jengibre23 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I remember this guy at Miami in the CWS a couple years ago. Future all star

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