24-year-old Jerar Encarnacion got off to a dream start with the Miami Marlins: in his first game in major league baseball, he hit a grand slam to give his team the win.
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Encarnacion picked his moment to score a first career hit Sunday against the mighty New York Mets. He hit a long ball when the bases were loaded, leading the Marlins to a 6-2 victory.
With Team Florida trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning, the outfielder and first baseman dispatched a Chris Bassitt offering into the stands. He thus allowed Miguel Rojas, Jacob Stallings and Bryan De La Cruz to go around the trails.
Encarnacion became the second player in Marlins history to score a grand slam in his major league debut and the first since Jeremy Hermida in 2005.
The Dominican also stole a base in the ninth inning, before crossing home plate on a double from Jazz Chisholm Jr.
Bassitt (5-5) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in six and a third innings. He did, however, manage nine strikeouts.
Opposite Sandy Alcantara (7-2) was excellent in eight innings of work, allowing just two earned runs and six hits.