|Josh Willingham becomes the 13th player with two slams in a game. (Associated Press)|
Nats’ Willingham hits 2 slams
MILWAUKEE - Josh Willingham hit two grand slams and tied a franchise record with eight RBIs, powering the Washington Nationals to a 14-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last night.
“That’s the beautiful thing about baseball,’’ he said. “You come into the game before the game and you never know what could happen.’’
Willingham became the 13th player to hit two grand slams in a game and first since Boston’s Bill Mueller hit one from each side of the plate July 29, 2003, against Texas. Willingham’s eight RBIs were the most in Nationals history and tied the franchise mark, accomplished last by Tim Wallach for Montreal against San Diego in 1990.
Willingham hit his 15th homer off Jeff Suppan (5-8) with two out in the fifth, capping a six-run inning with a drive to left-center that struck the facing of the second deck.
He connected again in the sixth, finishing a seven-run rally with a one-out shot off Mark DiFelice that hit the fencing above the Brewers’ bullpen and dropped in to make it 13-5.
Willingham, who also doubled in the second, finished 3 for 5 and Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer in the eighth for the Nationals.