The Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 MLB season started off with a bang on Thursday – literally.
Our boys in blue hit eight home runs on their way to a 12-5 dominating victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two home runs shy of the MLB record (10) hit by the Blue Jays in 1987, the Dodgers tied the franchise record in a single game and set a new club record for most home runs on Opening Day as well as the most number of home runs hit by players, also an MLB record.
“I think last year we spent a lot of time — not only with you guys [in the media], but within the clubhouse — talking about what happened in October,” said Dodgers second baseman Enrique Hernandez in an interview with ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. “This year we didn’t really do that much of that, if any at all. We were really focused from day one, and focused on this year, and taking care of the business that we have to take care of.”
Hernandez and Joc Pederson each hit two home runs. Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Max Muncy each hit one of their own in the Dodgers win. Their eight home runs matched the club record set back in 2002 and continue last year’s hot streak as the Dodgers led the National League with 235 home runs, setting a new franchise record in the process of making it to their second straight World Series.
“It’s probably not going to always be like that,” Bellinger said. “But it’s great to start off the season like that.”