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Joc Pederson reaches 20 home runs before July 1

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The Dodgers unloaded on Allen Webster with three home runs in the fourth inning on Monday night at Chase Field in Arizona, the last an absolute bomb to right center field by Joc Pederson.

The power barrage gave the Dodgers 100 home runs on the season, and gave Pederson 20. The only two rookies in National League history with more home runs before July 1 were Wally Berger (22 in 1930 for the Boston Braves) and Albert Pujols (21 in 2001 for the Cardinals).

Pederson also reached 20 home runs in just 78 games, tied for the 14th-fastest in Dodgers history by any player.

Dodgers with 20 home runs in first 81 games:

  • Gil Hodges (1951) 53 games
  • Duke Snider (1955) 57 games
  • Gary Sheffield (2000) 66 games
  • Eric Karros (2000) 67 games
  • Shawn Green (2002) 67 games
  • Matt Kemp (2011) 67 games
  • Gil Hodges (1954) 68 games
  • Babe Herman (1930) 71 games
  • Roy Campanella (1953) 72 games
  • Duke Snider (1954) 75 games
  • Steve Garvey (1977) 75 games
  • Jack Fournier (1924) 77 games
  • Pedro Guerrero (1985) 77 games
  • Duke Snider (1956) 78 games
  • Adrian Beltre (2004) 78 games (21 HR)
  • Joc Pederson (2015) 78 games
  • Shawn Green (2001) 80 games
  • Mike Piazza (1996) 81 games (21)

The first home run of the trio in the fourth inning was by Andre Ethier, his 10th of the season. That gives the Dodgers six players with double-digit home runs (Pederson 20, Adrian Gonzalez 13, Justin Turner 11, Yasmani Grandal 11, Alex Guerrero 10, Ethier 10), the third time in franchise history they have done so before the All-Star break, joining 1979 and 1977.