Aaron Altherr Hit An Inside-the-Park Grand Slam
Aaron Altherr gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead last night when he hit what turned out to be an inside-the-park grand slam against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann. The outfielder hit a sinking liner in front of center fielder Michael Taylor, who made an ill-fated dive. He never touched the ball, which skipped past him towards the fence. The three runners on base scored easily and Altherr scampered home without a throw.
It’s the first inside-the-park grand slam since October 3, 1999, when Randy Winn of the then-Devil Rays did it against the Yankees. It’s the 225th inside-the-park grand slam in recorded baseball history.
Altherr wasn’t done. He tacked on a solo outside-the-park home run in the fifth inning to make it a 5-1 game. He’s the first to hit an inside-the-park grand slam and an outside-the-park home run in the same game since June 21, 1987, when Bob Brower of the Rangers did it against the Athletics.
Altherr, in 123 plate appearances this season, is hitting a solid .252/.333/.533. He appears to have an inside track on one of the starting corner outfield jobs going into next season.