Welcome back baseball! With the Dodgers-Diamondbacks Opening Series doubleheader in Australia, we have our first two home runs of the 2014 regular season.
Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke had the honors of hitting the first home run of the year, getting it with shortstop Dee Gordon on base with one out in the fourth inning against Wade Miley.
With that home run, Scott Van Slyke became part of the second father-son duo in MLB history to hit a home run on the first day of the regular season. Scott’s father, former Pirates outfielder Andy Van Slyke, hit a two run shot with one out in the fifth inning on April 9, 1990. The first father-son duo to complete this feat were Astros outfielder Jose Cruz (1975) and Devil Rays outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. (2004).
In the second game of the doubleheader, new Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo launched a monster two-run blast down the left field line in the ninth inning.
Trumbo’s first of the year puts him four home runs away from 100 career home runs. Trumbo is one of four players that are currently within five home runs of 100 career, the other three being Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus (98), Braves catcher Ryan Doumit (99), and Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (99).