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Late-Night Luna Stick

Grand slams hit by Phillies in the ninth inning or later.

Late-Night Luna Stick

Hector Luna celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the ninth inning. (Paul Beaty/AP)
Hector Luna celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the ninth inning. (Paul Beaty/AP)

As soon as Hector Luna's grand slam left Wrigley Field Wednesday night, we went right to the baseball-reference.com play index and found the 27 ninth-inning or later slams hit by Phillies since 1958 (below).

Although they are few and far between, two players — Benito Santiago and Ryan Howard — each hit a pair within a few months of each other.


Year

Date

Batter

Opponent

Inn.
Pre-Slam
Score
1958 July 27 (G2) Wally Post Dodgers b-10th T 2-2
1958 Sept. 3 Rip Repulski Braves b-9th L 1-11
1959 Aug. 9 (G1) Ed Bouchee at Cardinals t-9th W 4-3
1967 Sept. 16 Rick Joseph Dodgers b-11th T 4-4
1968 Sept. 29 Dick Allen at Mets t-9th W 6-3
1970 July 16 Byron Browne at Padres t-9th L 6-7
1970 July 19 (G1) Jim Hutto at Dodgers t-9th T 4-4
1970 Aug. 2 Tony Taylor Giants b-9th L 3-6
1971 June 20 (G2) Deron Johnson at Mets t-11th T 5-5
1978 June 3 Davey Johnson Dodgers b-9th T 1-1
1983 April 13 Bo Diaz Mets b-9th L 6-9
1983 July 11 Mike Schmidt at Reds t-11th T 7-7
1983 Sept. 2 Ozzie Virgil Giants b-9th L 1-3
1986 June 29 Juan Samuel at Cardinals t-9th L 4-7
1989 Sept. 17 (G1) John Kruk Cardinals b-12th T 5-5
1991 Aug. 6 Dale Murphy Cubs b-11th T 2-2
1993 June 14 Jim Eisenreich at Expos t-9th W 6-2
1993 Aug. 13 Kim Batiste Mets b-9th T 5-5
1996 May 3 Benito Santiago at Braves t-9th T 2-2
1996 May 26 Todd Zeile at Giants t-9th W 4-1
1996 July 21 Benito Santiago at Marlins t-9th W 8-3
2000 June 21 Pat Burrell at Mets t-9th W 6-5
2005 Aug. 10 Ryan Howard at Dodgers t-9th T 5-5
2005 Sept. 21 Ryan Howard at Braves t-10th T 6-6
2009 April 24 Shane Victorino at Marlins t-9th L 2-3
2009 Sept. 10 Matt Stairs at Nationals t-9th L 2-8
2012 May 16 Hector Luna at Cubs t-9th W 5-2
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