Home runs sometimes come in bunches, and Cody Bellinger had a productive weekend in San Diego. After tying the Dodgers franchise record for home runs by a rookie on Saturday, Bellinger broke the mark on Sunday against the Padres.
Bellinger homered against Padres closer Brad Hand in the ninth inning on Sunday, pulling the Dodgers to within 6-4, which ended up the final score in the club’s third straight defeat.
That moved Bellinger one ahead of Mike Piazza, who hit 35 home runs in 1993.
He’s also tied for seventh place on the MLB rookie home run list, tied with Jose Abreu of the White Sox (2014). Mark McGwire holds the top mark with 49 home runs for the A’s in 1987, but no other rookie has surpassed 38.
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Bellinger has hit his 36 home runs in 106 games. The Dodgers have 26 games remaining in the regular season.
Before Saturday’s home run, Bellinger went eight full games and 30 plate appearances since his last home run, a stretch that lasted 20 days, elongated by a stint on the disabled list with a sprained ankle.
Half of Bellinger’s 36 home runs have been hit in the seventh inning or later.
Bellinger is also climbing the Dodgers’ franchise list for home runs in a season by any player. Just 17 times has the club had a player hit 36 or more homers, including Bellinger, who in his age-21 season (he turned 22 in July) is the youngest of the group by three years.
Thirteen times has a Dodger hit 40 or more home runs. The franchise mark is 49, set by Shawn Green in 2001.
Mike Piazza sent along his congratulations on Sunday night: