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Video: Gary Sánchez cranks first career grand slam

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It’s safe to say Gary Sánchez has made a full recovery from the left calf strain that kept him on the injured list for the last couple of weeks. The catcher found his moment to shine during the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Giants, returning Derek Holland‘s 111.1-m.p.h. sinker to the center field stands for a 467-foot grand slam to put the Yankees up 6-0.

It was the 84th home run of Sánchez’s career, but just the first he’s hit with the bases loaded so far. It’s also the longest grand slam in Statcast history, and the longest by any Yankees slugger in 2019.

The Yankees lost a little of the padding on their six-run lead in the ninth, when Yangervis Solarte and Erik Kratz each belted two-run homers to bring the shutout to an end. The Giants couldn’t quite close the gap, however, and have positioned themselves to get swept when the series concludes at 1:05 PM EDT on Sunday.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.