No one would believe it – but the 2018 Dodgers story is playing out night by night in Los Angeles to be almost as magical as 2017 became.
Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, and Cody Bellinger all homered to power the Boys in Blue to a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. Muncy’s herculean blast to center bounced back in play and conked Albert Almora in the head.
The Dodgers have hit 51 home runs in June. They have several more games this week to break the record of 53; set last June by the 2017 Dodgers.
In June, Joc Pederson has homered 10 times. Max Muncy has come from relative obscurity for nine of his own. And Cody Bellinger has now gone deep 8 times to tie Muncy for the team lead of 16.
Here’s Bellinger’s 16th of the year, this served as an insurance run in the 7-5 final that would hold up for good.
The Dodgers received seven innings from Alex Wood – and if you watched the start he was as good as he’s been all year long. He struck out six, and allowed just three earned runs. He didn’t walk a single Cubs hitter.
I continue saying to myself that Max Muncy isn’t really serious with this – the 1.000 OPS on the season. Every night, it’s becoming more evident that this guy is for real. This isn’t going away anytime soon.
The Dodgers go for the series win tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw on the hill in a matinee.