Cody Bellinger appeared in his 24th game with the Los Angeles Dodgers, making his 23rd start as they faced the Miami Marlins in a four-game series.
Having previously homered the night before, the rookie made franchise history when he hit a solo shot in the seventh inning to become the fastest player to hit nine career home runs. The homer came immediately after Corey Seager went deep as the Dodgers tried to rally from a 10-0 deficit.
When asked about his new team record, Bellinger admits he was not even aware of it, but wants to keep pushing forward, according to Matthew Moreno of Dodger Blue:
“I didn’t know that… It’s pretty cool, but every day I’m trying to put my foot on the gas pedal and keep going.”
The 21-year-old shattered Yasiel Puig’s previous club record of hitting nine home runs in 44 games as a rookie during the 2013 MLB season. Del Bissonette (1928) and David Ross (2002-03) also needed 44 games to go yard as many times. By the end of the Marlins game, Bellinger led the Dodgers in both home runs (nine) and RBIs (24).
With Justin Turner currently on the 10-day disabled list, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has already utilized the rookie in the three-hole and will probably continue doing so as he makes his recovery. If he keeps swinging the bat like he has done so in his first 24 appearances this season, expect Bellinger to be a key asset in helping the Dodgers win their fifth consecutive NL West division title.