04/27/09 11:56 PM ET
Phillies achieve rare offensive feat
Ibanez, Howard fourth Phils duo with slams in same game
By Andy Jasner / Special to MLB.com
For just the fourth time in their 126-plus year history, the Phillies hit a pair of grand slams in one game in Monday night's stirring 13-11 victory over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
Ryan Howard crushed his sixth career grand slam off Shairon Martis in the fifth inning to tie the game at 6. Raul Ibanez then won the game with his eighth career slam in the eighth off Joel Hanrahan, erasing an 11-9 deficit.
"It was something cool to be involved in," Ibanez said. "We just don't give up."
The last time the Phillies clubbed two grand slams in the same game was Sept. 9, 2003, when Tomas Perez and Jason Michaels went deep in Atlanta.
On Aug. 18, 1997, against the Giants, Billy McMillon and Mike Lieberthal each hit a slam for the Phils. Back on April 28, 1921, against Boston, Ralph Miller and Lee Meadows hit grand slams in the same game.
Howard's slam was his first since Sept. 17, 2007, at St. Louis. Howard's six slams tie him with Bobby Abreu, Willie Jones, Chuck Klein and Cy Williams for the second-most in franchise history. Mike Schmidt is first with seven.
"Two in one game, obviously, doesn't happen a lot," Howard said. "We're never out of a game."
Ibanez last hit a slam on Aug. 4, 2008, as a member of the Mariners against the Twins.
This was Ibanez's first in the National League and it certainly was memorable.
"I'm not going to try to figure it out how we keep coming back," Ibanez said. "To do it on a grand slam ... wow. I can't figure it out. I just know we're never out of a game."
Andy Jasner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.