Charlie Blackmon went 6-for-6 against the Diamondbacks on Friday night, tying a Rockies franchise record for hits in a game originally set on July 3, 1995 against the Astros by Andres Galarraga, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Blackmon doubled and scored in the first, singled and scored in the third, hit a two-run home run in the fourth, doubled and was caught stealing in the sixth, hit an RBI single and scored in the seventh, and knocked in two runs with a double in the eighth.
There have been just three six-hit games since the start of the 2010 season. Blackmon has one; Jean Segura and Alex Rios each accomplished the feat last year.
Blackmon, 27, has started in center in three out of the Rockies’ first five games. He was fighting for a reserve outfield role in the spring, but manager Walt Weiss praised his defense at the end of the month. His six-hit outburst could lead to even more playing time at the expense of Corey Dickerson and Drew Stubbs.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.