The Padres Alex Dickerson hit a home run in his third straight game and the Padres 24th consecutive game Tuesday in a losing effort against the Blue Jays. The all time record is 27 set in 2002 by the Texas Rangers.
Baseball is a funny game, as the Padres are probably one of the last teams you would expect to be on such a home run happy pace. They are only the 6th team to homer in 24 straight games and the first to get this far since that 2002 team.
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They are doing this so far in the second half amid quite the slump for All Star Wil Myers. Whether it be Home Run Derby Redux or not, the first baseman has just one home run and 7 hits total in the last two weeks.
Dickerson though is making the most of his playing time with the injury to Jon Jay and now trade of Melvin Upton Jr. He is also having a lot of fun with this home run streak: “It’s a fun thing to keep track of. And it’s showing that we’re able to create quick offense on a consistent basis. We’ve just got to be able to string that together more often.”
Dickerson’s home run Monday went into the 5th deck, a level that Padres bench coach Mark McGwire reached 20 years to the day. Pretty good company to be a part of. Padres Manager Andy Green has spoken highly of Dickerson as well, “He’s hit .300 every single place he’s ever stopped. I don’t think he expects to hit anything but .300. With the bat speed he has, with the approach he has, he’s already getting better and better.”
Dickerson is enjoying the moment, and now the Padres are just 3 games away from tying an all-time record in a season that hasn’t seen too much else go right except Wil Myers and the All Star Game. New second baseman Ryan Schimpf has helped power the offense behind another good power year from Matt Kemp, who now leads the Padres in home runs at 23. Myers does have 20 and with 17 stolen bases might be able to make a run at a 30/30 season.
The Padres resume finish up their Toronto series Wednesday at 9:37 Pacific before a day off and heading home to face Cincinatti in a 3 game set.