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.