Top Ten Dodger Homeruns of 2014: 10- Carlos Triunfel Goes Yard
While we are still trying to recover from that horrid routing by the Cardinals in the NLDS and second consecutive playoff knockout blow by the Red Birds, I figure we can look back at 2014 and count down the top ten Dodger homeruns of the year. Am I the only one who still thinks about that NLCS Game 6 from last year everyday still? Anyhow, the Dodgers 2014 season was filled with many memorable moments, and many of those were when Dodgers were busy crushing homeruns over the fence of Dodger Stadium and other parks across MLB. Help me celebrate the Dodger dinger by counting down the top ten homeruns of the year.
I have decided to make this an annual event, and if you would like to see which homeruns I chose as last year’s top ten, you can see the full list here. This season was a bit different from last. The Dodgers hit zero grand slams, but there were still plenty of exciting round trippers. Not all could make the list, but I have chosen my favorite for the year.
10. 6/17/14: Carlos Triunfel clubs his first career homer off Tommy Kahnle, a solo shot that extends the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2.
A true rarity. Sometimes the mere infrequency of a homerun can allow it to crack the list. Sure, a Drew Butera or Dee
Jun 17, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Carlos Triunfel (45) celebrates scoring a home run with manager Don Mattingly during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Gordon or even a Miguel Rojas homerun is a uncommon sight, but single most uncommon homerun of 2014 came off the bat of Carlos Triunfel in June.
The Dodgers picked up the young infielder off the waiver wire on April 2nd after playing in 27 games for the Seattle Mariners over the course of the previous two seasons. Triunfel would only appear in 12 games for the Dodgers in 2014, but the .160 career hitter came up big during a 4-2 win over the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
Perhaps it was the magic of the Stanley Cup which had paid a visit to Dodger Stadium that night, or maybe it was just a bad changeup by Tommy Kahnle in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez also homered in the game which led to Zack Greinke‘s ninth victory of the season.
Carlos Triunfel. Triumphant for one night in June.
Come back to see what other Dodger homeruns make the countdown!