When Trea Turner clubbed his second grand slam of the weekend in the fifth inning Sunday, the Dodgers broke a franchise record for a single season with their 11th slam of the year.
The previous record was set back in 2004 with 10, including the walk-off grand slam by Steve Finley in the final series of the year to clinch the division. Turner hit the 10th of the year on Friday to tie the game and Sunday’s blast broke the game open while setting the new mark.
If you’re wondering what team owns the record in all of baseball, it’s shared by the Athletics (2000) and the Indians (2006) at 14 games apiece. Only six teams in total have ended their season with more than the Dodgers 11. Cleveland hit 12 in 1999, along with the Braves (1997), Cardinals (2000) and the White Sox (2008).
The key to setting a season-long record of this nature is getting them in bulk early, since the chances are limited. Only 207 of over 6,200 plate appearances came with the bases full of Dodgers and they had a .958 OPS, hitting .321/.362/.595 to drive in 168 runs.
Four of the 11 slams came in May, only the third time in franchise history the team hit four in a month. They hit four in May of 1951 and five in May of 2000.
Here they are in all their glory:
May 2, AJ Pollock on the road in Milwaukee
May 2, Matt Beaty on the road in Milwaukee
ANOTHER GRAND SLAM? HIT ONE BEATY ONE MORE TIME. pic.twitter.com/sD0NhdK6cE— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 2, 2021
May 18, Gavin Lux at home vs Arizona
May 23, Gavin Lux on the road in San Francisco
June 2, Cody Bellinger at home vs St. Louis
BELLI'S BACK, TELL A FRIEND. pic.twitter.com/NhQPefVdlS— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 3, 2021
June 27, Zach McKinstry at home vs Chicago (NL)
July 1, Max Muncy on the road in Washington
July 10, Justin Turner at home vs Arizona
A grand slam from All-Star Justin Turner. pic.twitter.com/w6fU4bjVYP— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 11, 2021
July 10, Mookie Betts at home vs Arizona
October 1, Trea Turner at home vs Milwaukee
GRAND SLAM? TREA MAGNIFIQUE. pic.twitter.com/bFAgX6rSg5— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 2, 2021
October 3, Trea Turner at home vs Milwaukee
BRO, WHO GOT YOU SMILING LIKE THAT? pic.twitter.com/JuhxJZkEt8— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 3, 2021