Kiké Hernandez Proves His Doubting Mom Wrong By Hitting A Record 3 Home Runs In Game 5

Bryan Brandom
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Before the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Game 5 victory over the Chicago Cubs to earn a spot in the World Series, Kiké Hernandez told his mom he was going to hit a home run.

His mom, knowing power isn’t exactly the utility man’s strong suit, told him to set his sights a little lower.

“Don’t think about hitting a home run; just think about putting the ball in play,” she told him, according to Hernandez.

Then he hit three.

“I said, ‘No Mom, I was thinking about that the first two games, and that didn’t work. Who cares about making contact? Everybody just wants homers,'” Hernandez told a laughing MLB Network crew after his team’s decisive 11-1 pounding of the Cubs. “I said it joking, and man, I hit more home runs in the game than I did in BP.”

His mom watched the game from Hernandez’ grandparents’ house in their native Puerto Rico. Because electricity is still out on much of the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the television had to be powered with a generator.

Hernandez hit just .215/.308/.421 this season, but spent time fielding every position save for pitcher and catcher.

He’s the 10th player to hit three homers in one postseason game, a record, and the second to do it this year.

As unlikely as his breakout was, it’s still not the unlikeliest among those 10: In 2002, Anaheim Angeles infielder Adam Kennedy, owner of a paltry career .384 slugging percentage, mashed three dingers in his team’s Game 5 ALCS victory to advance past the Minnesota Twins to the World Series.

Kiké Hernandez and his mom hope the Dodgers produce the same fall classic result as those World Series-winning Angeles.

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