The Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning at Camden Yards on Wednesday night, the 6,106th homer of the season, setting an Major League Baseball single-season record.
Major League Baseball hitters have punctuated a power-packed year by shattering the record for most home runs in a season. That topped the mark of 6,105 set in 2017.
Honestly, not all that much a big deal, but ... it's pretty amusing when you think about the record getting broken by an Oriole. Villar's three-run home run off Dodgers' lefthander Caleb Ferguson gave the Orioles a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning. It was Villar's career-high 21st homer. Baltimore entered Wednesday having allowed a record 279 home runs. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, 12 teams set the record for their franchise in 2000. That surpassed the 1,142 in June and 1,135 in May.
Every month has featured at least 1,000 home runs, with July's 1,057 being the lowest total due to the All-Star break.
It was a record we all knew was coming, and quite frankly didn't stand a chance of surviving the season.