Hermida has historic Fish debut


Published: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 1:34 a.m.
MIAMI - Florida's Jeremy Hermida became the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat and the first to do it as a pinch-hitter, connecting in the seventh inning off St. Louis' Al Reyes in a 10-5 loss Wednesday night.
The only other player with a grand slam in first at-bat was pitcher William ''Frosty Bill'' Duggleby, who did it for Philadelphia at home against the New York Giants in the second inning on April 21, 1898, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The 21-year-old Hermida, an outfielder whose contract was purchased from Double-A Carolina earlier in the day, became the third player to hit a slam in his first game, joining Duggleby and San Francisco's Bobby Bonds.
Hermida batted for pitcher Brian Moehler with Florida trailing 10-0 and connected on the third pitch he saw in the big leagues.
St. Louis' Albert Pujols had a season-high three extra-base hits, scored twice and reached the 100-RBI mark for the fifth consecutive season. Hector Luna and David Eckstein homered for the Cardinals.
  • BRAVES 5-3, NATIONALS 3-4: Andruw Jones hit his major league-leading 43rd homer and drove in five runs, leading host Atlanta past Washington in the first game of a doubleheader.
    Brad Wilkerson scored on a wild throw as Washington manufactured a run in the ninth inning, beating the Braves to split the doubleheader.
    Jones finished one short of his career high for RBIs. He drove in six runs in a 1999 game at Colorado. For good measure, the Gold Glove center fielder also made two diving catches, both on liners hit by Preston Wilson.
  • DODGERS 7, CUBS 0: Derek Lowe pitched a one-hitter for his second shutout and complete game of the season, leading Los Angeles to a win over Chicago.
    Lowe (9-13) gave up an infield single leading off the first to Jerry Hairston Jr., who beat a bouncer to third without a throw from Mike Edwards. Lowe faced just 29 batters, allowing his only other runners on walks to Michael Barrett in the third and Jeromy Burnitz in the seventh.
  • PHILLIES 8, METS 2: Chase Utley hit two of Philadelphia's four homers off Pedro Martinez, and Brett Myers pitched seven strong innings to help keep the Phillies on top in the NL wild-card race.
    Ryan Howard and Mike Lieberthal also connected for Philadelphia, which stopped a three-game skid and sent New York to its fourth loss in 12 games.
  • BREWERS 6, PIRATES 5: Rookie Prince Fielder hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee past Pittsburgh.
  • GIANTS 5, ROCKIES 3: Moises Alou hit the first of San Francisco's four solo home runs, and the Giants rebounded from an injury to starter Kevin Correia.
  • PADRES 9, DIAMONDBACKS 5: Ben Johnson hit his first career homer, a three-run drive, and San Diego beat Arizona to enter September with a .500 record.
  • ASTROS 10, REDS 0: Andy Pettitte limited Cincinnati to four hits in seven innings and Brad Ausmus drove in four runs for Houston.
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