After New York Mets second baseman Robinson Canoe helped to end the top of the first inning against the Washington Nationals with a double play, he took the plate in the bottom of the first inning and for Canoe’s first at bat in the new season he went over the left centerfield wall for a home run.
Though not the first major league player to do so, it was an impressive start to a historic opening day to the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
Canoe hit his home run off of Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, but despite that homer, Scherzer joined up with opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom for a historic start to the season. In only the second time in MLB history Scherzer and deGrom both racked up double digit strikeouts in a single game. Both pitchers reached 10 strikeouts in their respective half of the sixth inning.
Today’s game also brought another new MLB record – Jacob deGrom has now made 30 consecutive starts where he has allowed no more than three runs in a game. That streak is the longest in MLB history.
Scherzer had a total of 12 strikeouts in his 7 2/3 innings pitched.
While the Mets and Nationals were involved in a pitcher’s duel, the Los Angeles Dodgers went on a hitting fest earning a record eight home runs in their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Joc Pederson got the hitting display started in the second inning and repeated the demonstration in the sixth inning; Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes, Corey Seager, Max Muncy, and Cody Bellinger all hitting homers with Hernandez topping it off with a second home run. The shortest distance of the homers was 399 feet from Max Muncy with Joc Pederson hitting the longest at 420 feet.