Notes About Adrian Gonzalez’s Three-Homer Night

Adrian Gonzalez hit three more home runs tonight, giving him five in the first three games of the season. A few notes about Gonzalez’s offensive outburst to start the season:

  • Gonzalez is the first National League player since Orlando Cepeda in 1963 to have at least three hits in each of his team’s first three games of the season. Gonzalez had a single, a double, and a homer in each of the first two games before his three homers and a single tonight.
  • Gonzalez is the first player in Major League history to have five home runs in the first three games of a season.
  • Counting the final two games of the 2014 regular season, Gonzalez has homered in five consecutive games. In those five games, he is 13-for-16 with seven homers and three doubles, for an eye-popping slash line of .769/.824/2.846 for a 3.670 OPS.
  • Gonzalez is on pace to become the first player in history to hit his 300th, 400th, and 500th homers in the same season. His 270 home runs this year will put him at 532 for his career, just behind Jimmie Foxx on the all-time leaderboard.
  • The Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and Adrian Gonzalez are tied for the Major League lead in home runs this season, with five.
  • The last four Dodgers before Gonzalez to hit three home runs in a game: Juan Uribe (2013), Andre Ethier (2009), Hee-Seop Choi (2005), and Shawn Green (2001 and 2002).
  • All three of Gonzalez’s homers came off of Andrew Cashner, whom the Padres acquired from the Cubs for Anthony Rizzo, whom the Padres acquired from the Red Sox for … Adrian Gonzalez.
  • Gonzalez is the third Dodger to hit home runs in each of the first three games of a season. The others were “The Toy Cannon” Jimmy Wynn in 1974 (his first three games as a Dodger after spending his first eleven seasons in Houston) and Carl Furillo in 1955.
  • The Dodgers next play three games in Arizona, where Gonzalez last year went 13-for-27 with four home runs (.481/.545/.963). Gonzalez has 20 home runs in 237 career at-bats at Chase Field (not counting the one he hit off of R.A. Dickey for Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic).

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