Austin Barnes and Justin Turner combined to hit a trio of homers in the series opener against the San Diego Padres, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their franchise record to 53 home runs to close out June.
One night prior, the Dodgers hit three home runs to break the all-time franchise mark for most homers in a calendar month that Brooklyn set in July 1953 with 49 home runs. They matched the total in August of that season.
With home runs from Trayce Thompson and Yasmani Grandal on June 28, the Dodgers set the Los Angeles franchise record for most home runs in a single month. That was previously held by the 2004 team that hit 45 homers in July.
Cody Bellinger led the power showing with 13 home runs while appearing in each of the Dodgers’ 28 games last month, making 27 starts. Bellinger enters play Saturday leading the National League with 24 home runs.
Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig tied for second-most home runs in June with six; Grandal, Corey Seager and Turner each slugged five; Kiké Hernandez finished with four; Chris Taylor hit three; Barnes and Chase Utley contributed with two; and Logan Forsythe and Thompson each had one.
The offensive firepower helped the Dodgers to a 21-7 record, which was the best mark in the Majors during June, and so was the club’s 53 homers. They tied a Los Angeles record with 17 consecutive games with a home run.
“Everyone loves the homer,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’ve played big for us in the month of June, so hopefully we can keep it going.”
At 115 home runs through 82 games, the Dodgers are on pace to surpass the franchise record of 211 homers in a single season, which was set in 2000.