Mookie Betts is a pretty good ballplayer.
Over the first several weeks of this strange 2020 season, Los Angeles Dodgers newcomer Mookie Betts has been getting used to his new surroundings.
No, I’m not talking about his changed city and baseball team. The superstar leadoff hitter has been batting in an unfamiliar position in the order until Thursday night, when he returned to the lead-off spot and hit three home runs against the San Diego Padres.
Betts hit three long balls in his first three at-bats on Thursday, the sixth time he has connected on three home runs in a game in his career, which ties him with Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa for the most in major league history.
Mookie started his big night with a two-run shot off Chris Paddack to give the Dodgers an early 5-2 lead in the second inning.
He followed up his first long ball with a solo shot two innings later, the second of a back-to-back for the Dodgers after catcher Austin Barnes went yard before him.
And then his third home run came one inning later to give the Dodgers a commanding 11-2 lead.
By the end of the 5th inning, Betts had launched three home runs while driving in 5 RBIs in a wake-up game for the Dodgers offense.
Betts now has seven home runs on the shortened season, a welcome sign in the first year of a mega contract that he signed on the eve of opening night.
With teammate and fellow MVP Award winner Cody Bellinger struggling at the plate, Los Angeles can breathe a short sigh of relief that one of their main sluggers has found his groove.
After losing the first two games to San Diego, the Dodgers offense finally came alive with a 6-0 win on Wednesday and an 11-2 early lead in the final game of the series.