The record-tying sixth grand slam of the month came on the final day of April. The Kansas City Royals were in town to begin a three-game series at Fenway.
Boston fell behind early but the deficit wouldn’t last long. Royals starter Jason Hammel got two quick outs to begin the third and appeared to be on his way to a strong outing but it began to fall apart when Andrew Benintendi beat out an infield single to spark the rally.
Hanley Ramirez hit a ground rule double and Martinez drew a walk to load the bases. Moreland followed with a free pass to force in a run and leave the bases juiced for Bogaerts.
Hammel battled Bogarets to a full count. The star shortstop fouled off a couple of sliders to stay alive, spoiling some tough pitches to get to the one he wanted. It came on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, a 91 mph two-seam fastball that Bogaerts pulled down the left field line into the Monster seats near the pole.
The historic string of April grand slams began and ended with Bogaerts. He would add another grand slam in July of that season and now has five for his career.