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LA Dodgers and NY Yankees First MLB Teams to Reach 80 wins on Same Day

| Sports | August 15, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees are in familiar company after both teams got their 80th win of the 2019 MLB season on Tuesday.

Earning a 15-1 win over the Miami Marlins in Miami, the Dodgers become the first National League team to complete the feat. The Yankees accomplished the goal earlier in the day in a 8-3 home win against the Baltimore Orioles.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the major league teams match each others’ win total for the third time in the teams’ history by reaching the 80-win mark on the same night since the 1947 season and again in the 1953 season.

The Dodgers earned an even more impressive conquest by launching six balls over the fences for home runs and are the first team to reach 200 home runs in a season, in dominant fashion, for a third year in a row. The Dodgers home run total is at 203.

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Justin Turner and Corey Seager each hit two-run home runs in the seventh and in the fourth, respectively. Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run in the seventh and Matt Beaty a solo in the eight inning. Will Smith had the biggest night, hitting a solo and a two-run home run in the fourth and sixth innings in the Dodgers’ win.

With a solo homer in the seventh, Bellinger’s home run total now comes to 39 on the year, which ties him for MLB lead with crosstown rivals Angels Mike Trout, and the Milwaukee Brewers, and California-native, Christian Yelich.

Smith recorded his first multi-home run game of his career and passed Bellinger with 26 RBIs in 23 games for most RBIs in their first 23 games in the franchise’s history.

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