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On a day of magnificent feats when Detroit Tiger’s 24-year old pitcher Justin Verlander pitched a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Dodgers managed to top that. They exploded with three consecutive homers on three consecutive pitches against the New York Mets in the second inning.
Don’t get me wrong. Verlander’s no-no was absolutely amazing. In the ninth inning, he was still pitching strikes at 102 mph. And given the blustery conditions at Comerica Park, it’s inexplicable he only had three balls fly out to the outfield including the last one off of the bat of JJ Hardy to right fielder Magglio Ordonez.
But what makes the Dodger’s feat so amazing is the fact that it was the Dodgers who did it. Coming into the game, the Dodgers were only better than the Washington Nationals in home runs hit. One home run is understandable, but three is flat out shocking.
Also the pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo hit the third homer. Note the stylish bat flip after the ball was hit. I can’t confirm this fact, but I believe the Dodgers
lead the majors in home runs hit by the pitcher (see correction in comments): two. SF Trash went yard back on the Dodger’s home opener on April 9 against the Rockies.
This has turned out to be a much better series for the Blue Crew than I had previously thought. I thought the Dodger's month-long sleepwalk would bleed over to this series. After a thorough ass whooping by the Mets, I thought they would finally wake up and go on a tear.
Fortunately they woke up after the horrible Blue Jay's series and have pounced on a struggling Met's team that has lost eight of their last nine.
There are still questions to be answered. What exactly is the purpose of bringing up James Loney and Matt Kemp last week? Is General Manager Ned Colletti showcasing them for a possible trade for a power bat? Does this mean a decreased role for Nomar and Useless?
For now, the Dodgers have bought some time before these questions have to be answered. Let's just hope they get answered sooner rather than later with the July 31st trading deadline looming over the horizon.
- Kuo is the first Taiwanese player in Major League history to hit a home run.
- Kuo now has two career wins in his pocket. His last win came on September 9, 2006 against the Mets.
- Kemp's homer hit the small sliver of fair territory in the third base side loge level. The last homerun hit there was by Olmedo Saenz back on July 25, 2005.
- Shawn Green, Paul Lo Duca and Jose Valentin, all former Dodgers now playing with the Mets, went a combined 0-10.
- The last Dodger to throw a no-no was Hideo Nomo against the Colorado Rockies on September 17, 1996. Prozac threw a no-no with the Boston Red Sox back on April 27, 2002 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- The last team to hit three home runs on three consecutive pitches was the Dodgers against the Padres on September 18, 2006. If you don't know about this game, Google it.
- Most importantly, THE DODGERS ARE NOW IN FIRST PLACE! Actually there is a three-way tie with the Dodgers, Padres and D-Backs.
AP Photo by Kevork Djansezian