Adrian Gonzalez hit three HR tonight, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBI. As per MLB.com, Gonzalez becomes the first player in MLB history to hit five home runs in the first three games of the season. He is batting .769 this year, with a 2.077 slugging average and a 2.846 OPS. Adrian Gonzalez is on pace to hit 270 home runs this season.
All three of A-Gon's HRs went to right field over Padres RF Matt Kemp, and the second one was definitely catchable (bouncing off the top of the wall).
Meanwhile, #3 starter Brandon McCarthy has as many Ks (9) as Clayton Kershaw, and over twice as many as #2 Zack Greinke. His line wasn't great tonight: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks and 2 HR), but it was effective enough. And, unlike last night, Mattingly's relief choices fared better: Paco Rodriguez rescued a struggling McCarthy to strike out Clint Barmes; Pedro Baez went a clean 1.2 innings; J.P. Howell had a one-hit eighth inning, and Joel Peralta punctuated his one-hit ninth with a Kemp strikeout (Kemp was 5-for-13 in the series).
Yasiel Puig went 0-for-5 with 5 LOB and is batting .083. He did get an RBI on a botched double play that ended up being a double play either when Jimmy Rollins forgot to run to third, or Puig ran too far around first, or whatever. Juan Uribe went 1-for-3 and is batting .111.
Dodgers get a much-needed day of rest before meeting Arizona in the desert on Friday. But what will we do without baseball Thursday? ARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!