He did it again. Then again. And then again. Very repetitive, in that wonderful kind of way.
By the time
And baseball's only been around since 1869.
By the time Gonzalez was through changing the record books, the
Gonzalez is in that kind of zone where the baseball must look like the size of the moon. In his first three games, he is 10 for 13, which makes for a nifty .769 batting average. It's possible he will not be able to keep up that pace.
All three homers Wednesday night were solo shots. No team in baseball currently has hit more than his five home runs.
He’s also had at least three hits in each of the first three games, becoming the first
All five of his home runs have been against right-handed pitchers. His three home runs Wednesday were against Padres starter
Gonzalez settled for an RBI single.
All this power from a guy who kept telling people last season his days as a home-run hitter were behind him. Of course, then he went out and hit a team-high 27 homers.
Gonzalez, who turns 33 next month, has belted 267 home runs during his 12-year career. Never before, however, has he hit three in one game.
The victory went to right-hander
In his five-plus innings, he was charged with four runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out nine.
The Dodgers’ bullpen, which had an up-and-down first two games, held the Padres in check over the last four innings thanks to Paco Rodriguez, Pedro Baez,
Peralta earned the save, matching his total all of last season for Tampa Bay. It was the 13th save of his 12-year career.