Padres outfielder and Poway High alum, Alex Dickerson, hit a monster two-run home run in the 9th inning against the Blue Jays tonight. Even though the Padres ended up losing the game, Dickerson’s homer was significant one for a few reasons other than it preventing the team from getting shutout.
First of all, it extended San Diego’s home run streak to 23 games, a franchise record. That’s the longest such streak in all of Major League Baseball this season. Moreover, it’s the third longest streak of its kind in MLB in the last 20 years and the longest since the Atlanta Braves homered in 23 straight games in 2006.
According to Statcast, the exit velocity of the ball was 110 mph, and the distance of the homer was 446 feet. It landed in the top deck at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, a feat that had previously only been accomplished twice since the stadium opened in 1989.
After tonight’s game, the Padres are now only four games shy of the MLB record for consecutive games with a home run.