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John Kruk hilariously jinxes Phillies before Reds’ go-ahead grand slam

John Kruk provided the first big announcer spell of the young MLB season.

The Phillies analyst mentioned that Cincinnati’s Spencer Steer had yet to hit a career grand slam when the utilityman entered the game in the 10th inning with the bases loaded Monday night.

“No grand slam for Spencer Steer, let’s hope it continues.” Kruk said.

Moments later, disaster struck – and Nick Castellanos wasn’t even involved.

“The 2-1, fly ball, left field, hit pretty well, (Whit) Merrifield going backwards, it’s… gone. Grand slam for Spencer Steer,’” Phillies playmaker Tom McCarthy said after Steer’s grand slam proved the difference in Cincinnati’s 6-3 victory. “And the Reds broke it open in the 10th, they’re ahead, 6-2.”

Advertisers find themselves in damned if they do, damned if they don’t situations, with potential curses, and often a possible curse doesn’t come to fruition.

But Kruk wasn’t so lucky in the series opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Spencer Steer hit a grand slam in the 10th inning on Monday. Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Spencer Streer’s graphic presented before his grand slam. @TalkinBaseball_/X

As the screen showed how Steer entered the game with a .300 average in his career with loaded bases, but no long balls to that spot, he relayed that information to the viewer.

Connor Brogdon had walked two batters to load the bases with no outs before a 92 mph fastball caught way too much plate in a 2-1 count.

John Kruk (left) and Tom McCarthy (right). @_piccone/X

Steer made him pay with a 383-foot strike, his first of the season, to send the Phillies to their third loss in four games, all at home.

With the grand slam, Steer is now hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a 1.098 OPS and 10 RBIs with the bases loaded in his career.

Connor Brogdon won the grand slam on Monday. Getty Images

Cincinnati is now 3-1 after a second straight game involving late heroics.

The Reds trailed the Nationals by two runs heading into the ninth inning Sunday before tying the game with a two-run shot, then storming back into the ninth on a solo homer in their 6-5 win.

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