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Diamondbacks, Phillies set new MLB record with 13 combined homers

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The Diamondbacks’ back-to-back-to-back home runs to open Monday night’s game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank park was certainly a harbinger of things to come. The two clubs combined to hit 13 home runs, a new major league record. The previous record of 12 homers was held by the Tigers and White Sox (May 28, 1995) and by the White Sox and Tigers (July 2, 2002).

Along with the three consecutive home runs from Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte, and David Peralta, the D-Backs also benefited from two-run homers in the fourth inning by Eduardo Escobar and Alex Avila. Escobar hit another two-run shot in the fifth, and Ildemaro Vargas hit a solo dinger. Vargas went yard with Escobar on base in the ninth for good measure.

On the Phillies’ side, Jean Segura lifted a solo home rin the first. Scott Kingery went yard with the bases empty in the fourth and added another solo shot in the eighth. Rhys Hoskins and Jay Bruce each hit solo homers in the ninth. The Phillies ultimately lost 13-8.

Major League Baseball set a new record in 2017 when teams combined for 6,105 homers, obliterating the previous record of 5,693 hit in 2000. Entering Monday’s action, the league was averaging 1.34 home runs per game, by far the highest rate in baseball history. 2017, the current record, saw 1.26 home runs per game. Over the 185,295 plate appearances 2017 saw, the current pace entering Monday would yield 6,504 homers.

The Diamondbacks-Phillies game wasn’t the only high-offense game on Monday. The Pirates and Braves combined for seven homers. The Cubs and Rockies have combined for six homers, including a 483-foot blast by Ian Desmond — the longest homer of the 2019 season to date.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.