Daniel Nava hits a grandslam home run in his first MLB at bat

ON THIS DATE (June 12, 2010) ... Two innings into the game, Daniel Nava, who a few short years ago was laundering jerseys for the University of Santa Clara baseball team that had cut him, took Philadelphia Phillies starter Joe Blanton to the cleaners with a grand slam on the first major league pitch he saw.

Nava had the opportunity to make this one of the greatest performances by a rookie in major league history when he came to plate in the third inning with the bases again loaded: Drew (single), Varitek (walk), and McDonald (infield hit). This time, Nava struck out on a half-swing, but Marco Scutaro followed with a two-run single and Dustin Pedroia added an RBI single.

Nava is just the second player to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with the Red Sox and the second in major league history to hit a slam on his first pitch, joining Kevin Kouzmanoff, who did it for the Indians in 2006. 

The last Red Sox player to hit a home run in his first at bat was Eddie Pellagrini on April 22, 1946.  Rip Repulski was the last player to hit a home run in his first at bat with the Red Sox on April 10, 1960.

 

 

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W-Manny Delcarmen (2-2)
L-Joe Blanton (1-5)
Attendance - 37,061

2B-Schneider (Phila), Utley (Phila), Ibanez (Phila),
Pedroia (Bost), Ortiz (Bost), Drew (Bost), Nava (Bost)

HR-Nava (Bost), Drew (Bost)