Video: Justin Turner makes Dodgers history with impressive World Series home run record
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner made history twice on one swing during Game 4 of the World Series.
With two outs in the first inning, Turner hit a bomb to straightaway center field for a home run.
The home run breaks the Dodgers franchise record for most postseason home runs. Turner also becomes the first player in World Series history to hit a first-inning home run in back-to-back games.
Record broken.@redturn2 now holds the franchise record for most postseason homers and is the first player in #WorldSeries history to homer in the first inning in back-to-back games. pic.twitter.com/8SA0zxx2fd
While the back-to-back first inning home runs are laudable, being the postseason leader in home runs in Dodgers history is even more impressive. This is a Dodgers franchise that has won six World Series and have had some big hitters on the team over the years, although most of their Hall of Fame players were contact hitters.
The Dodgers are up 2-1 on the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. The 2020 MLB season has been different in multiple ways due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The league only played 60 games this season, with multiple rule changes, including a universal DH and a runner starting at second to start extra innings. The playoffs were also expanded, with five Wild Card teams making it instead of the normal two.
The Rays are looking to win their first World Series in franchise history on their second appearance. Their only other World Series appearance was in 2008, where they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games. The Dodgers made it to the World Series by beating the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, and Atlanta Braves, while the Rays went through division rivals Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees before beating the Houston Astros to advance to the Fall Classic.