On Saturday night the runs came early and so often for the Dodgers that it was a little hard to keep track. So here’s a run down of the records, season highs, and other notable numbers from the 22-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
22 runs is the most scored in a game by a team at Dodger Stadium. The old record was 21, by the Dodgers on August 2, 2018 against the Brewers.
22 runs matches the most runs scored by the Los Angeles Dodgers, matching their July 27, 2001 total in a game at Coors Field.
“It’s hard to score in this game, and to put up crooked numbers like we did, it’s as good as I’ve ever seen,” said manager Dave Roberts.
Justin Turner and Mookie Betts each hit grand slams, giving the Dodgers two grand slams in a game for the fourth in franchise history. They also did so on August 23, 1985 against the Expos, then again on May 21, 2000 against the Marlins.
The other two-slam game came on May 2 in Milwaukee, when AJ Pollock and Matt Beaty turned the trick. The Dodgers are the first team to have two games with two grand slams in the same season, per Stats Perform.
Tonight the @Dodgers had:— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 11, 2021
-8 home runs
-2 grand slams
-2 separate sets of back-to-back HR
They are the first team in MLB history to accomplish all 3 of those single-game feats in the same season, let alone all in one game.
AJ Pollock homered twice on Saturday. He also singled twice and walked twice, just the 26th time a Dodger has reached base at least six times in a game of no more than nine innings. The only Dodger to reach base seven times in a non-extra-inning game was Cookie Lavagetto on September 23, 1939, a game in which Brooklyn scored 22 runs.
Albert Pujols hit two home runs of his own, giving him 675 in his career. Saturday was the 61st multi-homer game of his Hall of Fame career, good for eighth all-time.
The first 674 of Pujols’ home runs were all hit off pitchers. Josh Reddick, who got the final two outs in the eighth for Arizona, is the first position player to surrender a home run to Pujols.
Since joining the Dodgers on May 17, Pujols’ eight home runs are tied with Turner, Betts, and Pollock for second-most on the team, behind Max Muncy’s 10.
Zach Reks, called up earlier Saturday, reached on an error in the seventh inning and scored his first major league run.
Reliever Garrett Cleavinger doubled in the eighth off Reddick for his first hit in the majors, minors, or college. He’s only batted four times in those nine years, three coming this season with the Dodgers.
Eight different Dodgers drove in at least two runs on Saturday, the second-most in a game in franchise history, behind only that aforementioned Lavagetto game in 1939.
“You’re playing so many close games throughout the year, then you have a game like this,” Pollock said. “Everyone’s playing loose, it’s a fun game. But it’s just one game, too. We’ve got to get back tomorrow and take care of business.”