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Grand slams in post season

Former Cub Kyle Schwarber's second-inning grand slam Monday night was the third for the Red Sox in the first 2 games of the American League Championship Series.

They hit them in back-to-back games, separated by a day off, in a span of 42 plate appearances, over just 9.2 innings.

That's as many grand slams as the Cubs have hit in all of their 123 post-season games, in 4,567 trips to the plate.

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90 OPPORTUNITIES

Only 90 of the Cubs' plate appearances came with the bases loaded.

The first homer came in their 57th, smacked by Aramis Ramirez in the top of the first inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Miami on Oct. 11, 2003.

The others were in their 69th and 82nd opportunities.

Miguel Montero broke a 3-3 tie with his 2-out, eighth-inning, pinch-hit blast at home against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS on Oct. 15, 2016.

On Nov. 1, in Game 6 of the World Series, Addison Russell gave the Cubs a 7-0 bulge when he cleared the bases at Cleveland with 1 out in the third inning.

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Besides those 3 home runs, the Cubs have hit 12 singles and 4 doubles with the bases-loaded in post-season games.

One of the doubles, by Javier Baez in Game 5 of the 2016 NLDS at Los Angeles, scored 3 runs; the others, 2 each. Seven of the singles drove in 2 runs; 5 tallied 1.

The Cubs also drew 3 walks with the bases loaded. They struck out 26 times.

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ONE AND ONLY BUNT

Pitcher Ed Reulbach was the first Cub ever to bat with the bases loaded, in the top of the second inning of Game 2 of the 1906 World Series against the White Sox. His 1-out bunt in the second inning increased the Cubs' lead to 2-0.

No other Cub has made a bases-loaded sacrifice bunt in the post-season.

Five Cubs have hit sacrifice flies. The first was Heinie Zimmerman, for the team's first run in the top of the first inning Game 2 of the 1910 World Series against the Athletics. The most recent was David Ross, who tied Game 5 of the 2016 World Series at 2 with his fly in the fourth inning.

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ONE AND ONLY HBP

None of the first 86 Cubs to bat in the post-season with the bases loaded was hit by a pitch. Then Jon Jay was plunked by Max Scherzer of the Nationals with 2 out in the fifth inning of Game 5 of the 2017 NL Division Series.

Jay was hit after the previous 3 batters had reached base on an intentional walk, dropped third strike and catcher's interference.

There has never been another Major League game, in the regular or post season, in which those 4 events happened consecutively.

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NEARLY SAME AVERAGE

The Cubs' .237 batting average with the bases loaded in post-season games is all but identical to their .233 in all post-season at bats.

In all regular-season games since 1876, first year of the National League, their average is .262. Since 1901, when the Modern Era began, it is .260.

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GRAND SLAMS BY TEAM

The Cubs have hit 91 post-season home runs. That is less than half the 193 that the Red Sox have hit while playing 197 games, which is 74 -- 60 percent -- more than the Cubs have played.

Nine of the homers by the Red Sox have come with the bases loaded. Only the Yankees have more: 14, but in an incredible 414 games, more than double the Red Sox count.

The Braves have hit 7 grand slams in post-season games. Cleveland and the Dodgers have hit 5; the Giants, 4.

The Cardinals and Orioles have matched the Cubs' 3.

Six teams have hit 2 and 10 have hit exactly 1.

That leaves 5 teams with none: the Blue Jays, Brewers, Padres, Pirates and Royals.

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TRAIL BLAZERS

The first by Cleveland was the first in MLB history, by Elmer Smith, in Game 5 of the 1920 World Series against visiting Brooklyn, then known as the Robins.

The first 3 batters singled against Burleigh Grimes, setting the stage for Smith's historic blast.

The next 6 post-season grand slams all were by the Yankees, from Tony Lazzeri in 1936 through Bobby Richardson, in 1960.

Chuck Hiller of the Giants became the first National Leaguer to accomplish the feat when he broke a 2-2 tie with 2 out in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium in Game 4 of the 1962 World Series.

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2 OF A KIND

Seventy-three different players have homered with the bases loaded in the post season.

The first player to do it twice also played for Cleveland: Jim Thome, who hit grand slams in Game 6 of the 1998 AL Championship Series, at New York, and in Game 2 of the 1999 Division Series, at home against the Red Sox.

Shane Victorino cleared the bases for the Phillies in Game 2 of the 2008 NLDS at home against the Brewers, then did it again for the Red Sox, at home against the Tigers, in Game 6 of the 2013 ALCS.

David Ortiz had hit a slam in Game 2 of that series. That was the last series in which a team hit multiple slams until the Red Sox smashed their 3 Saturday and Monday.

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2 BY TEAM IN SERIES

Those 3 raised the total number of grand slams to 75 in the 1,691 post-season games through Monday.

Here are the only 5 other times that the same team hit multiple grand slams in a post-season series:

1956 World Series: Yankees' Yogi Berra, in Game 2, and Bill Skowron, in Game 7, both at Brooklyn

1977 NL Championship Series: Dodgers' Ron Cey, in Game 1, and Dusty Baker, in Game 2, both at home vs. Phillies

1987 World Series: Twins' Dan Gladden, in Game 1, and Kent Hrbek, in Game 6, both at home vs. Cardinals

1998 NL Division Series: Braves' Ryan Klesko, in Game 1, at home vs. Cubs, and Eddie Perez, in Game 3, at Chicago

2011 NL Division Series: Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, in Game 3, and Ryan Roberts, in Game 4, both at home vs. Brewers

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BOTH TEAMS IN SERIES

Four times, each team has hit a grand slam during a series:

1964 World Series: Cardinals' Ken Boyer, in Game 2 at New York; Yankees' Joe Pepitone, in Game 6 at St. Louis

1996 AL Division Series: Orioles' Bobby, in Game 1 at Cleveland; Cleveland's Albert Belle, in Game 3 at Baltimore

1999 AL Division Series: Cleveland's Jim Thome, in Game 2 at Cleveland; Boston's Troy O'Leary, in Game 5 at Boston

2005 NL Division Series: Braves' Adam LaRoche and Astros' Lance Berkman, both in Game 4 at Houston

Maybe the Astros can hit one before the end of this year's ALCS and raise the count to 5.

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