After a forgettable opening in the four-game series against the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers bounced back with an impressive display of power against James Shields and the Padres pitching staff.
It didn’t take long for the Dodgers to jump out to a lead Friday night as Carl Crawford crushed a 454-foot solo home run in the first inning:
After the Padres managed to take the lead in the bottom of the first behind Matt Kemp’s two-run home run, Scott Schebler quickly tied things up with his first career Major-League home run:
Going into the sixth inning, the score was tied at 3-3, just before a barrage of runs came via the long ball for the Dodgers as they pulled away for good. The first home run was a two-run shot courtesy of pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano. Adrian Gonzalez then hit a solo homer, which was followed by Chase Utley adding a home run of his own:
In total, eight home runs were hit in the game, tying a Petco Park record. The Dodgers hit five of the eight home runs, which set a single-game season high. Additionally, the win coupled with a San Francisco Giants loss, extended the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West to 7.5 games.