Yoenis Cespedes turned the Mets’ second inning against the Rockies on Friday night from good to great, bumping the lead up to 7-1 when he drilled a Jon Gray offering just over the fence in right field at Coors Field for a grand slam. The ball bounced off of the top of the wall and landed in the crowd closer to the right field foul ball before returning to the right field grass.
Cespedes would add a solo home run to center field in the fourth inning, and a two-run shot in the sixth, leaving him a three-run homer away from the home run cycle. He also doubled and scored in the first inning. He attempted to record a four-homer game, but singled to right field in the eighth inning, completing a 5-for-6 night. He scored five runs, drove in seven runs, and stole a base.
Cespedes is batting .316 with five home runs and 15 RBI since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. Combined with his time with the Tigers, he’s batting .297 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.