By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It’s literally a once and a lifetime opportunity if and when it happens -The first at-bat in the major leagues. Rookie James Outman homered in a win over Colorado helping clinch the series.
In the top of the third with his family looking on the 25-year-old ripped a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right center knocking in Cody Bellinger.
The Redwood City native wasn’t finished, in the seventh he singled and in the eight he doubled scoring Gavin Lux. “It’s a dream come true,” Outman told Kirsten Watson of Sportsnet after the game. “Its kind of what I’ve been envisioning ever since I was eight years old.”
The newcomer helped the Dodgers stay on a hot roll by finishing 21-5 tying a team record for the best months in history and the fourth highest winning percentage (.880) in MLB history since 1900.
“I don’t think anyone could’ve imagined this,” manager Dave Roberts said. “This is what you dream about.”
Outman kept it going after the team traveled to San Francisco. Batting 9th in the order he reached base four times.
In the second game of the four-game set Mookie Betts went 3 for 5 including his 24th homer of the season while knocking in three runs. Hanser Alberto and Austin Barnes had two hits each and Barnes scored two runs as Los Angeles defeated the Giants 9-5. The win gave LA a 70-33 record (at press time), It was the sixth win in seven games. Since July 1st the “Men in Blue” outscored it opponents 155 runs to 85. Trea Turner had a single extending his hitting streak to 20 games… AD DODGERS: Outmans record setting first game: He became the first player in franchise history to have three hits, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in his MLB debut, and only the second to have three hits and three RBIs in his big league debut (also Packy Rogers on July 12, 1938)… He became the third Dodgers player to have a homer and three hits in his MLB debut, joining Jose Offerman (1990) and Ernie Koy (’38)… He’s the first Dodger in 30 years to have three or more hits in his MLB debut — the last had been Hall of Famer Mike Piazza on Sept. 1, 1992. He became the first player in the Majors to debut with three hits, a home run and three RBIs since the Rangers’ Joey Gallo on June 2, 2015… Gallo was just acquired from the Yankees by the Dodgers. The two-time All-Star and Gold Glove outfielder came with the Yanks №15 prospect minor league pitcher Clayton Beeter. The team also dealt pitcher Mitch White to the Toronto Blue Jays for a pair of minor leaguers.