In addition to the team record and National League record-tying home run streak of 25 games that the team as a whole is on, one specific Padres player has a notable home run streak of his own going on currently. Rookie outfielder Alex Dickerson has homered in four consecutive games, setting a new club record for rookies. Prior to his eighth-inning blast off of Toronto reliever Franklin Morales, he had been tied with four other Friars rookies with three games: team Hall of Famer Nate Colbert in 1969, Phil Clark in 1993, cult hero Khalil Greene in 2004, and Ben Johnson in 2005.
Dickerson's streak puts him in elite company in Padres history. Not only is his run the longest among rookies, but he is one of only ten Padres to homer in four straight games. Graig Nettles hold the team record with six games in 1984, and Adrian Gonzalez is second with five in 2009. The others with four consecutive games are Cito Gaston in 1970, Terry Kennedy in 1983, Nettles in 1986, Fred McGriff in 1992, Ken Caminiti in 1996 and '98, Greg Vaughn also in 1998, Xavier Nady in 2005, Gonzalez in 2009 and '10, and Matt Kemp just a week ago.
The Padres have Thursday off, but Dickerson will get his chance to take aim at joining Gonzalez in second place on Friday, when the team will be back home taking on the Reds. Of course, if he does homer for his fifth straight game, he will extend the team's streak to 26 games, good for sole possession of the all-time National League record.