Double-digit, homer-happy Dodgers bring it in Bronx

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

The home runs came late in the Bronx on Monday — Yasiel Puig hit a pinch-hit solo shot in the eighth inning and Justin Turner hit a solo homer in the ninth — his team leading 27th.

Just a little insurance in the Dodgers’ 8-2 victory against the New York Yankees, the second straight win for rookie pitcher Jose De León in as many starts.

But they’re worth taking a longer look at.

It was Yasiel Puig’s 10th homer of the season, making him the eighth Dodger to reach double digits.

It marks the sixth time in Dodger history that the team has had at least eight players hit 10 or more homers in the same season. They’ve done it two years in a row for the first time.

Corey Seager, Trayce Thompson and Chase Utley replace Jimmy Rollins, Alex Guerrero and Andre Ethier from the list of players last year.

The Dodgers had a franchise record nine players hit 10 or more in 2004.

It’s worth writing those names for nostalgic Dodgers fans:

  • Adrian Beltre (48)
  • Shawn Green (28)
  • Milton Bradley (19)
  • Jayson Werth (16)
  • Juan Encarnacion (13)
  • Steve Finley (13)
  • Jose Hernandez (13)
  • Paul Lo Duca (10)
  • Alex Cora (10)

Since June 1, this Dodger team is second in National League in home runs with 126. St. Louis has 135.

Howie Kendrick has eight homers this year, definitely within reach of 10. Instead of hit homers on Monday he went 2 for 3 with an RBI and stole a base in the third inning that brought in Josh Reddick to score when Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez threw the ball into center field. It was the second time in the game when the Dodgers took advantage of a Yankee miscue. In the second, Chase Utley drove a ball to deep right field that Aaron Judge chased down and dropped, bringing in two runs to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead at the time.

It’s all the runs the Dodgers would need.

De León went five innings, surrendered two solo homers, one to Starlin Castro in the second and another to Judge in the fifth, walked two and struck out three.

The Dodgers received four scoreless innings from there from Pedro Baez, Grant Dayton, Joe Blanton and Josh Fields.

1 Comment

I’m assuming you mean Chase Utley instead of one of the Seagers. And 2009 is really 2004.

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