TORONTO -- Alex Dickerson pushed the Padres one game closer to home run history Monday night.And he left no doubt about it.Dickerson's ninth-inning moonshot into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre extended the Padres' home run streak to 23 games. Including Monday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, the Friars
TORONTO -- Alex Dickerson pushed the Padres one game closer to home run history Monday night.
And he left no doubt about it.
Dickerson's ninth-inning moonshot into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre extended the Padres' home run streak to 23 games. Including Monday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, the Friars have now gone deep in every game dating back to June 28.
To a man, the Padres claim they aren't concerning themselves with the streak. Nonetheless, they're inching closer to the all-time Major League record of 27, set by the Rangers in 2002. Until Monday, no National League team had gone deep in 23 straight since the Braves did so in '06.
"It's cool that everybody's kind of a home run threat, one through nine, for the most part," Dickerson said. "The streak is a fun thing to keep track of. Realistically, we'll take a win with a bunch of singles."
Over the past two games, the Padres have found their streak in some jeopardy -- before Dickerson extended it both times. On Sunday in Washington, he homered in the eighth inning off Shawn Kelley.
On Monday, he turned around a Bo Schultz cutter in the ninth and deposited it into the upper tank. In doing so, he became just the third player in history to reach the fifth deck in right field at Rogers Centre, joining Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado. Elite company, indeed.
"I've seen Bo quite a few times coming up and in Spring Training and stuff," Dickerson said. "I know he's got a really good [cutter]. I was very conscious of it. I just picked a time to really sell out on it, and got it."
He got all of it.
Melvin Upton Jr. began the streak on June 28 with a 465-foot shot, the longest Padres homer ever recorded by Statcast™. But Dickerson's 446-foot blast is now the second longest by a Padre during the run. It left the bat with an exit velocity of 110 mph and a 31-degree launch angle.
When Dickerson returned to the dugout, he was greeted by a high-five from one of the few players to ever reach the top deck in Toronto: Padres bench coach Mark McGwire (who did so in left field).
"He said that I've joined a very special club that he's also a part of," Dickerson said. "That was a special moment for me."
No one has ever doubted Dickerson's power. He boasted a .622 slugging percentage with Triple-A El Paso this season before being called up the day the streak began.
"If you're ever privileged to stand close enough to the dugout to listen to him on deck, he literally whistles the bat," Green said. "I've never heard anyone else swing a bat like that on deck. It sounds like those yellow Wiffle ball bats when you're a little kid and you swing them in the backyard."
Dickerson said he'd rank Monday's dinger as his second favorite, behind his first career home run at Wrigley Field earlier this season.
But power aside, Dickerson has settled into a groove on both sides of the ball, with increased playing time since Jon Jay went down with a broken right forearm.
"For me, it's just [about] getting comfortable at this level," Dickerson said. "A lot of the nerves are gone; I feel like I just compete."
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.