When you think of some of the biggest homerun hitters in MLB history, you think of Barry Bonds. You think of Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Mark McGwire, and Ken Griffey Jr. A guy you don’t often think of is the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts.
But Betts accomplished something on Thursday night that very few in baseball history have ever done before. When he launched a ball off of Luis Perdomo in the 5th inning of the Dodges win, it was his sixth career three-homerun game. That put Mookie Betts in some historic company.
#Dodgers Mookie Betts ties the major league record with six career three-homer games. He is 27 years, 311 days old.
Two others have six (age on day of their sixth):
Johnny Mize (37 years, 251 days)
Sammy Sosa (33 years, 271 days)
Mize had four and Sosa had one at Betts's age.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 14, 2020
Only Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa have ever had six three-run homerun games in the history of MLB. Mize was a hall of famer who played for the Cardinals, Giants, and Yankees from 1936 to 1953. Sammy Sosa clubbed 609 homeruns throughout the course of his 18-year career. This was, of course, Mookie Betts’ first three homerun game with the Dodgers.
The Dodgers went on to absolutely trounce the Padres in the series finale by a score of 11-2. Betts drove in 5 runs, and Los Angeles added homeruns from Corey Seager, AJ Pollock, and Austin Barnes as well.