Dodgers, Padres try to disprove theory that Petco is a pitchers' park, mash seven HRs in one game
During the 2014 season, the Padres' Petco Park saw the fewest home runs (101) out of any ballpark in MLB, good for an average of 1.25 homers per game. There is certainly evidence that supports its reputation as a pitchers' park.
Well, the Dodgers and Padres more than quintupled that average on Saturday, combining for seven home runs and offering their one-game counter evidence to Petco's reputation. It was a good ol' fashioned homer-palooza.
Andre Ethier got things going for the Dodgers in the first with a two-run dinger:
Wil Myers led things off for the Padres, sending a solo dinger out of the park to lead off the game:
Justin Upton added one more of his own in the first for the Padres, and another in the sixth:
Adrian Gonzalez responded in the second, blasting his seventh of the season:
Howie Kendrick added a two-run shot in the fifth inning:
And two batters later in the fifth, Juan Uribe added the Dodgers' fourth home run by as many players:
When you watch one home run after another (and another, and another ...) like that, it really does make for a compelling argument. Perhaps this should be formally submitted to an academic conference as evidence that Petco should be known as a home run hitters' park from now on.