LOS ANGELES – Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger might or might not get an invitation to the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Miami next month. So he’s starting without them.
Bellinger hit home runs in his first two at-bats Monday night as the Dodgers scored seven times in the first two innings and hung on for a 10-6 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a nine-game homestand.
There were eight home runs hit in the game (four by each team). Justin Turner and Chris Taylor also went deep for the Dodgers, who won their fourth consecutive game and 10th in their past 11.
For Bellinger, the home runs were his 20th and 21st in 51 games since he was promoted from Triple-A on April 25. No other player in the majors has hit more than 17 homers in that time and no other player in major-league history has hit as many in his first 51 big-league games.
The multi-homer game was Bellinger’s fifth, tying Mike Piazza (in 1993) for the most by a Dodgers rookie. Piazza had his fifth on Oct. 3 that year, the final day of the regular season. The Dodgers still have 91 games to go this season.
But Bellinger isn’t the only Dodger putting up startling home run numbers this season – so is the team’s ace, Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw gave up four home runs Monday night – two to Jose Reyes and one each to Jay Bruce and Gavin Cecchini. Reyes entered the game batting .193 this season and Cecchini – the Mets’ No. 8 hitter who had a total of 27 home runs in six minor-league seasons – had never hit a home run in the major leagues.
That set career-highs for home runs allowed in a game and a season for Kershaw who has allowed 17 in 15 starts this season (one more than he gave up over 33 starts in 2012).
Kershaw has allowed more than one home run in four of his starts this season, matching the number of multi-homer games he had in 81 starts over the previous three seasons.
Five times in his career, Kershaw has allowed three or more home runs in a start. Three of those games…