MLB wrap: Orioles’ Jonathan Villar hits record-setting 6,106th home run of season



MLB has broken its league-wide home run record again.

Orioles utilityman Jonathan Villar hit MLB’s 6,106th home run of the year Wednesday, which broke the 2017 single-season record of 6,105.

Coming into Wednesday’s games, MLB teams needed to hit a mere 21 homers to tie the record and 22 to break it.

It didn’t take long.

Marcus Semien tied the record with his home run off of Astros starter Jose Urquidy and then a few minutes later Villar’s broke it.

Here’s a look at some staggering home run numbers from the 2019 season:

  • In 2013, one team hit 200 or more home runs. Coming into Wednesday’s games, 18 had hit 200 or more. There are close to three weeks left in the season.
  • The Twins set an MLB record by hitting their 200th home run of the season on July 26.
  • Coming into 2019, the single-season record for home runs by a team was 267. The Yankees and Twins came into Wednesday with 276 home runs apiece while the Dodgers and Astros both have more than 250 and could easily break the previous mark, as well.
  • Six players have 40 or more homers
  • Forty players have 30 or more
  • One hundred eight have 20 or more
  • Two hundred fifty six have 10 or more
  • Pete Alonso led MLB in home runs coming into Wednesday with 47. He has a chance to be the first rookie to lead the league in homers since Mark McGwire’s 49 tied for the most in 1987
  • Alonso is five shy of the rookie record of 52 set by Aaron Judge in 2017

Studs of the night

Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton threw five hitless innings in relief in an 8-0 win over the Red Sox.

Mets infielder Jeff McNeil went 3 for 4 with two home runs, a double and three RBI’s in a 9-0 win over the Diamondbacks.

Dud of the Night

Dodgers reliever Caleb Ferguson gave up two hits and three runs in 1/3 inning in a 7-3 loss to the Orioles.

Highlight

Braves reliever Chris Martin tossed an immaculate inning — nine pitches, nine strikes, three strikeouts — against the Phillies.

What’s Next

Diamondbacks (75-71) at Mets (75-70), 1:10 p.m. ET — These two teams are separated by just a half-game in the National League wild-card race. This huge series continues Thursday.





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