The Home Run Festival was a week ago, but it seems the players weren’t informed.
Fourteen batters across six teams made history Monday by setting off seven pairs of consecutive home runs, a major league record, according to STATS.
Two of them came in the same inning, when Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores did it for the Giants, in the first inning against the Dodgers. Max Muncy and Justin Turner returned the favor to San Francisco with back-to-back homers at the end of the episode.
Juan Soto and Josh Bell sent two hits into the Washington bleachers in the first stretch as part of the Nationals’ 18-1 landslide victory over the Marlins. Soto proved the Derby curse to be a myth, by hitting another homer in the game and now reaching five in his last four games.
Mets gunners Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Kevin Pillar and Michael Conforto did it in the same game, with the first two doing so in the first inning and the last two in the 11th. The Mets emerged victorious, hitting seven homers in a 15-11 win over the Reds.
Pavin Smith and Josh VanMeter led the D-backs to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates, hitting the pair of home runs in the second inning. Former D-back Paul Goldschmidt was part of the festival as well, hitting one of the back-to-back home runs along with teammate Dylan Carlson in St. Louis.