Farmhand Petit hits two slams in game

Farmhand Petit hits two slams in game

ARLINGTON -- Rangers Minor League shortstop Gregorio Petit made history Tuesday night by hitting two grand slams in one game for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

"It's something I'm going to tell my family and friends, and we're going to celebrate," Petit said. "I'm just going to enjoy as much as I can but keep it away from my head. I don't want to change my swing or try to do too much."

He became just the fourth player in Pacific Coast League history to hit two grand slams in one game. It was just the second occurrence in 81 years.

"I just started smiling, I didn't know what to do," Petit said. "I saw all my teammates laughing and smiling for me, too."

Petit's first slam helped the Redhawks erase a five-run deficit against New Orleans in the fourth inning. Petit then promptly broke the deadlock with another slam in the eighth.

"It was a 5-5 game, and I said, 'C'mon, just get a base hit or a fly ball. All we need is one run to get the lead,' " Petit said.

The runs helped Petit, who joined the Rangers' system in March in a trade with Oakland, atone for an early error that helped New Orleans break out on top.

"I was really upset about that," Petit said. "I wanted the game to be over really quick, especially after they scored five runs. I thought, 'This game needs to be over right now.' But it turned around the best way for me and my teammates."