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Mookie Betts hits three homers as Dodgers offense comes alive

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He’s pretty good

San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Mookie Betts is going to be a Dodger for the next 12 years. Yeah, I really can get used to that.

As if you didn’t already know, Betts is really, really, really good at baseball. He showed that on Thursday night as he had his best game as a Dodger. For the night, Betts reached base all five times and had four hits. Three of those hits came for home runs. Although he’s only 27, Betts now has six career games with at least three homers. That ties him for first all time with these two players.

His first homer came in the bottom of the second inning. In already his second at bat, Betts went opposite field 400+ feet for the homer.

His second homer came right after..... scratches glasses... Austin BARNES hit a home run. Yup. Everyone was hitting em out tonight! Anyways, Betts took this one to left-center for homer No. 2 on the night.

Then, in only the fifth inning, Betts did it again.

As if him doing that wasn’t impressive enough, here’s this stat to make it even crazier.

Okay, okay, enough of Betts. By the way, did you know he’s gonna be a Dodger for the next 12 years? Just wanted to double check to make sure we’re on the same page.

The offense tonight, well, they are officially back. They finished with 11 runs and 13 hits. Sheesh. Corey Seager returned from a week-long absence and hit a dinger in his first at bat back. Speaking of dingers, AJ Pollock hit his fifth of the season. He’s now second on the team in home runs. Who would have thought?

And yes, as I mentioned earlier, even Barnes hit one.

Overall, the Dodgers were 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position and only left six on base. Ah, that feels so good to say.

The pitching

Lost in the offensive onslaught was the amazing pitching, yet again. Julio Urias started for the Dodgers and was excellent. Tonight was the first time since May 9, 2017 that he threw 6 13 innings, tying his longest outing of his career. The two runs he allowed came on back-to-back homers in the first inning, but he really settled down after that.

After allowing three hits in the first inning, Urias allowed only two the rest of the way. He struck out three and didn’t issue a single walk, essentially preventing the Padres from rallying any runs together.

Dennis Santana relieved Urias, giving the Dodgers 1 23 innings of scoreless relief. Jake McGee and Dylan Floro then combined to throw a scoreless ninth. I know, shocker right? The Dodgers’ pitching combined to throw 8 13 innings of scoreless ball after those home runs.

Thursday particulars:

WP: Julio Urias (2-0) 6 13 IP, 2 ER, 3 SO, 0 BB

LP: Chris Paddack (2-2) 3 IP, 6 ER, 1 SO

Home runs: Mookie Betts, 3 (7), Corey Seager (4), AJ Pollock (5), Austin Barnes (1), Tommy Pham (2), Eric Hosmer (2)

Box score

Up next

The Dodgers will head down the 57 to Angel Stadium to take on the Angels for three games. Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.60 ERA) will take the mound on Friday night for the Dodgers. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. PT on SportsNet LA.