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Dodgers set new Opening Day record with eight home runs

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run against Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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The Dodgers brought the lumber, kicking off the 2019 regular season at home against the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon. The club mashed eight home runs, setting a new Opening Day record. The previous record was six, accomplished only twice: by the White Sox against the Royals on March 29 last year, and by the Mets against the Expos on April 4, 1988.

The dingers:

  • 2nd inning: Joc Pederson (solo) vs. Zack Greinke
  • 4th inning: Kiké Hernández (two-run), Austin Barnes (solo), Corey Seager (solo) vs. Greinke
  • 6th inning: Pederson (two-run) vs. Matt Koch
  • 7th inning: Max Muncy (solo), Cody Bellinger (solo), Kiké Hernández (solo) vs. Koch

Eight-homer games don’t happen often after Opening Day, either. The Dodgers’ outburst on Thursday was just the 25th eight-homer game since 1908, according to Baseball Reference. It’s the sixth eight-homer game since 2010.

The Dodgers went on to win 12-5. The eight homers allowed marks a new record for D-Backs pitching in a single game. Their previous record was six homers allowed, accomplished on seven different occasions.

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