Mookie Betts hits first HR in Dodgers uniform after making amazing defensive play
Mookie Betts hit his first home run in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform on Friday.
What can’t this guy do? After making an incredible defensive play to start the game, Mookie Betts hit his first home run in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The long ball came off Arizona pitcher Zac Gallen to lead off the fourth inning and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
According to Statcast data, the ball traveled 375 feet with an exit velocity of 96.2 MPH.
However, it wasn’t just about how hard or far the ball traveled, it was a towering shot that peaked at 76 feet off the ground.
Mookie Betts is showing why the Dodgers paid him so much money.
After signing a 12-year, $365 million contract on the eve of opening day, it has been a bit of a slow start for Betts at the plate. Entering his eighth game of the young season, he was only hitting .206 (7-34) with three RBIs and zero home runs.
That final tally changed on Friday night when Betts deposited an 85 MPH changeup into the empty right field seats.
Earlier in the game, the four-time Gold Glove winner gunned down Diamondbacks star Ketel Marte who was trying to stretch a double into a triple.
Betts is showing Dodgers fans that he can do a little bit of everything. While he hasn’t jumped out to a hot start swinging the bat, he has continued to make little plays to help the team win: whether that’s taking an extra base as a baserunner, making a strong defensive play, or coming up with a timely hit, as he did earlier in the week against the Astros.
Betts hit 29 home runs last season for the Red Sox. That’s around the total he has consistently hit over the past four seasons. In total, he has smacked 139 long balls in his six year career.
Tonight is just one of the many that will come in a Dodgers uniform.