7:10 PM ET, June 23, 2008
Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York
NEW YORK (AP) -- One moment, Felix Hernandez was rounding the bases in glee after hitting the first grand slam by an American League pitcher in 37 years.A few innings later, he was spiking his cap to the ground in frustration after being injured.Hernandez hit a stunning grand slam off Johan Santana, then departed with a sprained ankle before he could qualify for a win in the Seattle Mariners' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.
• Felix Hernandez became the first pitcher to hit a grand slam since Dontrelle Willis in 2006 as the Mariners have now won six straight games vs. the Mets.
• The grand slam hit by Hernandez was his first career home run and the first grand slam ever hit by a pitcher in interleague play.
• Hernandez allowed just an earned run in 4 2/3 innings before leaving the game in the fifth with an ankle injury trying to cover home plate on a wild pitch.
• The Mariners are 3-1 all-time at Shea Stadium and won for just the third time in their last 10 games.
-- ESPN.com research
Mariners LHP Erik Bedard was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Mets after leaving Friday's outing with back spasms. Miguel Batista will start instead. ... RF Ryan Church, on the DL due to post-concussion syndrome, could begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Brooklyn this week and return to New York's lineup this weekend against the Yankees.
Regular Season Series
|2nd||F Hernandez homered to right center, A Beltre, J Clement and W Bloomquist scored.||4||0|
|5th||J Lopez singled to left, W Bloomquist scored, J Lopez to second advancing on throw.||5||0|
|5th||C Beltran scored on F Hernandez' wild pitch.||5||1|
|9th||C Beltran singled to center, L Castillo scored, D Wright to second.||5||2|
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|Stadium||Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY|
|Attendance||49,789 (118.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||80 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Charlie Reliford|