After rampaging through the minor leagues with 43 home runs last year and leading all hitters in spring training home runs with nine, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant needed 21 games before hitting his first major league home run. He got on the board in the third inning against Kyle Lohse in Saturday’s game in Milwaukee, giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead.
Though he hadn’t done much in the power department, Bryant still entered Saturday’s action with an otherwise respectable .278/.422/.361 triple-slash line in 90 plate appearances.
Oddly enough, Bryant’s home run was the Cubs’ first with more than one runner on base this season.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.