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Turner hits three homers, Ryu tosses a Maddux as Dodgers trounce Braves

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Most mornings a guy hitting three home runs would lead the baseball news. Most mornings a pitcher tossing a complete game shutout on only 93 pitches would lead the baseball news too. Last night both of those things happened in the same game but didn’t lead the news. Which was understandable given that Mike Fiers tossed a no-hitter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it now.

The guy who hit the three homers: Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who went 4-for-5 with six RBI. His homers were two solo shots and a three-run blast, which he accompanied with an RBI single.

Some Turner highlights:

The guy who tossed the 93-pitch shutout: Hyun-Jin Ryu. It was Ryu’s third career complete game and his second career shutout, but none of those were as efficient or as dominant as this one. The 93 pitches make this a “Maddux,” you may recall. Appropriate as Maddux pitched for both of these clubs in his career. Not that it makes the Braves feel any better.

Ryu had some defensive help too. Max Muncy flashed some leather at second base, making a diving stop of a ball in shallow right field. Later, deeper in right, Cody Bellinger made this play:

Not bad for a guy who had to move out there because of a bum shoulder.

Just a fantastic night for the Dodgers, who won 9-0. Which is the same score that is registered if a team forfeits. Maybe the Braves should’ve.

 

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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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.