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On this day 14 years ago, San Francisco Giants’ pitcher, Shawn Estes, pitched a 9- inning game against the Montreal Expos at Pac Bell Park. In the 5th inning, Estes became the first San Francisco Giants’ pitcher to hit a grand slam. He was the first pitcher in the franchise to hit a grand slam since New York Giant Monty Kennedy did in 1949 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Estes’ grand slam was in true San Francisco Giants’ fashion: 2 outs, with bases loaded. As he came into contact with the ball, he made baseball history. Not many pitchers can say they hit a home run, yet a grand slam. Between 1954-2010, 53 grand slams were hit by pitchers; 51 of those were hit during the regular season and 2 were hit during the post season.
Estes’ grand slam gave the Giants 7 runs in that inning. He was given a second chance in the 8th inning, but instead received an RBI. All in all, he walked away with 4 at bats, 1 run, 2 hits and 5 RBI.
Not only did he hit the first grand slam in 51 years, but he also threw the Giants’ biggest shut-out win in all of the Giants’ modern franchise history (since 1900). The Giants ended up winning their game 18-0.