Alex Liddi got plenty of phone calls, texts and facebook messages after hitting a grand slam in Wednesday’s 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After hitting his second grand slam in as many days in the Seattle’s 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels, he expects to be bombarded with even more calls, texts and messages again.
“Everybody was happy, it will probably happen again,” he said.
Liddi stepped to the plate with bases loaded in the fifth inning and crushed a 2-1 fastball off of Ryan Chaffee over the fence in left-center to clear the bases.
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"The pitch was just right on the middle in a little bit and I turned on it a little bit,” he said. "But I was trying to hit it over the second baseman to get two runs in with the bases loaded.''
It sounds similar to his approach to his grand slam on Wednesday when he hit a 3-2 fastball to left off of former Mariner Jon Huber.
"He left a fastball over the plate and I was just thinking to hit the ball hard not hit a home run," Liddi said.
Liddi doesn’t consider himself a home run hitter. He’s more of a doubles hitter. The two home runs were just stinging line drives.
“Home runs just happen,” he said. “I know I can hit doubles and bring some guys in. I don’t hit high home runs. They are line drives that keep going.”
Hitting grand slams on consecutive days certainly caught the eye of Mariners manager Eric Wedge.
“It’s nice to see him swinging the bat the way he is swinging it,” Eric Wedge said. “He’s standing up there with a lot of confidence.”
Liddi hit .281 with 15 homers and 92 RBI with a .353 OBP and .476 slugging percentage last year in Double A West Tenn.
It seems likely he will start the season with Triple A Tacoma.
"The physical tools are all there," Wedge said. "He's impressed me the entire camp. I loved the way he played third base in the B game the other day. The at-bats have been more consistent."
Liddi is just trying to slow things down and not press. Though it isn't easy stepping up the plate with bases loaded.
"It's for every at-bat, no matter if I have people on base or not, you have a chance to show them what you can do," he said. "You have to relax and calm down, even though it's not easy. You want to show them what you've done your whole career. Every day I'm getting more comfortable."
Liddi was ranked fourth in the Mariners top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America in 2010. But he fell out of the top 10 in the 2011 top prospects list. There have been questions about his range at third.
“I still need to get better there and work every day,” he said. “I’m not there yet.”