The Los Angeles Dodgers flexed their hitting muscles in record-breaking fashion, hitting an opening-day record eight home runs in their victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Left fielder Joc Pederson and second baseman Enrique Hernandez both went deep twice Thursday afternoon as the two-time defending National League champs rolled to a 12-5 win.
Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Max Muncy and Austin Barnes also homered for the Dodgers, who smashed the previous opening-day record of six set by the 1988 Mets and tied last year by the White Sox.
The Dodgers’ eight home runs also tied the franchise record for most home runs in a game. That mark was set on May 23, 2002, with four of the homers coming from Shawn Green.
The Dodgers led the NL last season with 235 home runs and four of the Thursday homers came against Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke.
It shouldn’t be a surprise they’re setting the pace again this season.
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