Dodgers' rookie Cody Bellinger becomes fastest to 21 HR-mark

Posted June 20, 2017

Jose Reyes collected two home runs in the game while prospect Gavin Cecchini tallied his first career big league home run coming of Kershaw.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks off the field after the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Duda will give way to the Mets' right-handed lineup as they attempt to thwart the Los Angeles Dodgers and lefty Clayton Kershaw.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger has 21 home runs, matching his age. All that power could be trouble for Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (4-6, 4.54), who has allowed eight homers over his past five starts.

For Bellinger, the home runs were his 20th and 21st in 51 games since he was promoted from Triple-A on April 25. For Cecchini - the Mets' No. 8 hitter who had a total of 27 home runs in six minor-league seasons - it was his first major-league home run. "This guy swings a bat and he hits it on the barrel". He has five multihomer games, tying Mike Piazza for the Dodgers' rookie record. "Everything he's hitting is hit really hard".

Kershaw (10-2) served up all four home runs, a career high for him.

The Mets, not surprisingly, have struggled against Kershaw recently. "I don't know what you do to change that, other than stop making mistakes".

Bellinger broke into laughter at that point but it is indeed the rookie who leads the National League in home runs.

There were eight home runs hit in the game (four by each team).

Bellinger's three-run blast highlighted a four-run surge by the Dodgers in the first.

"You can not spot Clayton Kershaw seven runs and expect to come out on top", Collins said.

His first-inning homer was a 414-foot, three-run shot to right field. Jay Bruce also connected and rookie Gavin Cecchini hit a two-run shot for NY. "They have been some big homers, too", first baseman Eric Hosmer said.

The Indians ace is 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA and is a shoo-in for this year's Midsummer Classic.

The Dodgers finished with a season-high 17 hits.

Kluber was brilliant in Monday's 12-0 Major League Baseball win over the Orioles with 11 strikeouts and zero walks in a complete-game shutout. Yet again, he surrendered early runs, seven to be exact, in just two innings. He is now 3-0 in the month of June with a 1.60 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings since coming off the disabled list with a lower back strain. Bellinger ties Wally Berger (1930) and Gary Sanchez (2016) in getting there that quickly. "But for me, like I've said before, I'm going to come in tomorrow and do my same routine and try to have good at-bats". "He's been throwing BP to me my whole life".

Bellinger's father, Clay, was a utility man for four years with the Yankees and Angels.

Juan Lagares underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery to fix a fracture in his left thumb. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team remains hopeful Gonzalez will return before the All-Star break. Kershaw comes in on five days' rest, where he sports a 1.93 ERA this season.

Robert Gsellman gets the start for the Mets on Tuesday opposite RHP Brandon McCarthy for the Boys in Blue. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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