In the bottom of the eighth inning of Monday night’s game against the Reds, Brewers second baseman Tyler Saladino hit what appeared to be a back-breaking, go-ahead grand slam off of Raisel Iglesias. Eugenio Suárez hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth to put the Reds back in front for good.
Saladino has now hit grand slams in back-to-back games. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he’s the first to accomplish that feat since former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada on June 12 and 13, 2010 against the Astros.
Saladino’s grand slam on Sunday came in the fourth inning against Alex Young, tying the game at 4-4. The Brewers would go on to win 7-4.
After Monday’s performance, the 30-year-old is batting a meager .130/.190/.241 in 58 plate appearances this season. He has certainly made his productive swings count.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.