Shaun Marcum became the first pitcher in over a year to hit a grand slam, but the Diamondbacks overcame a 6-1 deficit by scoring in each of the final six innings of the game to beat the Brewers 8-6 on Monday.
Marcum, in his first year in the National League, was 4-for-40 lifetime before taking Daniel Hudson deep for his first career homer.
He was the first pitcher to hit a grand slam since Brad Penny hit one for the Cardinals on May 21, 2010. It also happened once in 2009 (Chris Carpenter) and twice in 2008 (Felix Hernandez and Jason Marquis).
Marcum gave up three runs in the two innings after the grand slam and four runs in six innings overall. He left with a 6-4 lead, but that was blown by the middle-relief corps. The Diamondbacks also got to closer John Axford, who entered a tie game and gave up his first two earned runs since May 21. Marcum has just one win in his last eight starts.
The Diamondbacks got homers from Miguel Montero and Wily Mo Pena in the game. Pena’s was his second in four at-bats as a pinch-hitter and fifth in 39 overall. Montero and Sean Burroughs each had three hits apiece.
The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945, two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. As such, until Tuesday night, the Cubs never had a black player play for them in the World Series.
Dexter Fowler changed that, leading off the ballgame at Progressive Field against the Indians. Fowler was made aware of this fact three days ago by Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer:
Fowler, in that at-bat, went ahead in the count 2-1 but ended up striking out looking on a Corey Kluber sinker.
Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz was of limited utility during the postseason as he began experiencing soreness in his left forearm near the end of the 2016 season. There was some thought that he might need offseason surgery but Pomeranz was examined by doctors who determined that he does not need any surgery, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said:
He has seen the doctor, the doctor looked at him. I can’t really disclose totally everything that was done, but the doctor said no surgical procedure and the doctor feels he will be ready for next spring training for us.
Pomeranz, 27, finished the 2016 regular season with an aggregate 3.32 ERA and a 186/65 K/BB ratio in 170 2/3 innings between the Padres and Red Sox. He operated out of the bullpen during the playoffs, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox acquired Pomeranz in a trade with the Padres in July. It was a trade that earned Padres GM A.J. Preller a 30-day suspension from Major League Baseball, as he reportedly kept two sets of medical records in order to deceive trade partners.