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Video: Pete Alonso breaks franchise, NL rookie home run records

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Mets rookie slugger Pete Alonso broke not one, but two records with a monster 418-foot home run on Saturday. He delivered the blast in the first inning of Saturday’s showdown against the Cubs, picking up a one-out, 3-2 curveball from José Quintana and parking it in the right field bleachers to get the Mets on the board.

Alonso, 24, has made a significant impression with the team since his debut on March 28. Entering Saturday, he carried a .271/.358/.619 batting line with 25 home runs, 59 RBI, and a .977 OPS through 313 plate appearances.

The historic homer represented Alonso’s 26th such hit during his rookie campaign so far, a franchise-best mark for any Mets rookie to date. It also broke the record for the most home runs by a National League rookie before the All-Star break, narrowly beating out Cody Bellinger‘s previous total of 25 home runs in 2017.

With just over two weeks left before the 2019 All-Star break begins, there’s a good chance Alonso will add another handful of home runs to his record, too.

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.