Dodgers Video: Justin Ruggiano, Scott Schebler Join Record Book
The Los Angeles Dodgers moved from Brooklyn before the 1958 season and much of their history is shared; however, the team does distinguish Los Angeles records and milestones from overall records and milestones.
In the Dodgers series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, they saw something occur for the first time in Los Angeles Dodgers history. On Tuesday, outfielder Justin Ruggiano hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall for a leadoff home run against left-hander Andrew Heaney. Then on Wednesday, outfielder Scott Schebler hit the first pitch he saw over the wall for a second straight leadoff home run.
The consecutive leadoff home runs were the first time that has happened since 1951, when Carl Furillo accomplished the feat on his own against the Chicago Cubs as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
What makes the accomplishment even rarer is the fact that Ruggiano and Schebler were receiving spot starts and just happened to be in the leadoff role. It was Ruggiano’s 20th time as a leadoff hitter in his career and his second career leadoff home run.
The Dodgers went on to win Tuesday’s game to push their winning streak against the Angels to eight, but fell on Wednesday going for the sweep.