Before 2011, Curtis Granderson had only hit more than 24 home runs in a season just once. Last year he exploded for 41, and based on Thursday night's performance against the Twins, it looks like his power his here to stay for a while.
Granderson connected for three home runs in just the first four innings Thursday night, while also matching a career high with five hits. The Yankees won 7-6. Guess you could say the Grandyman had much to do with it, driving in four runs by his lonesome.
The center fielder got two chances to tie the MLB record of four home runs in a single game, but failed to tie the mark after singling in the sixth and eight innings. You could still say it was a perfect night for the veteran.
Prefacing the standing ovations from the crowd at Yankee Stadium, Grandy's first homer came in the first inning off Anthony Swarzak; a soaring shot to right-center. Home run No. 2 came off Swarzak once again in the second inning; one that landed in the right field upper deck. No 3. came in the fourth inning; a pure line-drive to the short right-field fence against Jeff Gray that resulted in the first curtain call for the slick all-star.
Granderson is the first player to hit three bombs in the 'majors' this season, and he's the 12th major leaguer to smack three home runs in the first four innings of a game according to STATS LLC and the SABR Home Run Log. The last player to accomplish the feat was Alfonso Soriano while with the Cubs in a game against the Braves on June 8, 2007.
Thursday night was also the first three-homer game in the new Yankee Stadium. The last Yankee to do it was Alex Rodriguez against Kansas City on Aug. 14, 2010.
As a franchise, the Yanks have had an astonishing 28 three-homer games; but Lou Gehrig still holds the all-time mark by himself with four homers in a single game back in 1932.
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