Baltimore native Steve Clevenger picked the perfect time for his first career major league grand slam in the Orioles’ 14-8 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Not only was Clevenger’s grand slam off Royals reliever Joba Chamberlain the exclamation point on the Orioles’ 10-run eighth inning, but it came with a special fan in the crowd.
Clevenger’s 2-week-old daughter, Peyton Lee, was attending her first game. Clevenger joked Saturday that she might be a good-luck charm.
“My wife was saying that maybe we should bring her again,” Clevenger said. “It was pretty cool. She got her certificate and everything for her first game at Camden Yards. It’s pretty cool.”
Since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 14, Clevenger has given the Orioles a boost. He hit .317/.349/.483 in his first 18 games this season. The left-handed-hitting Clevenger entered Saturday 18-for-55 with a .327/.362/.509 slash line against right-handed pitching.