Before the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres took the field Wednesday for the rubber match of their three-game series, Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke were presented with their respective Gold Glove awards from the 2014 season; Gonzalez also received his Silver Slugger Award.
Once play began, the Dodgers again found themselves in an early deficit. Matt Kemp continued his torrid pace against his former team and it was followed a two-run Justin Upton home run before Brandon McCarthy could get out of the inning.
Andrew Cashner retired the first two batters he faced, including getting Yasiel Puig to groundout on the first pitch of his at-bat. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Adrian Gonzalez dug in, looking to continue his own hot streak against the Padres, a team he spent five seasons with.
Gonzalez quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count before hitting his third home run in as many games on the fifth pitch of the at-bat. The 32 year old became the third Dodger player since 1914 to begin the season with at least one home run through the team’s first three games.
As if that wasn’t enough, then in the third inning Gonzalez hit his fourth home run of the season and second of the game, which drew quite the reaction from Clayton Kershaw:
Gonzalez continued to swing a hot bat as he clubbed his third home run of the night in the fifth inning with this one drawing yet another reaction from Kershaw. With the home run, Gonzalez became the first player in MLB history to hit five home runs in the first three games of a season, according to Elias Sports.
The three-home run game is Gonzalez’s first of his career in the Majors.