The San Francisco Giants must have eaten their Wheaties yesterday. Slugger Alex Dickerson, who was acquired from the Padres in June 2019, had a massive and glorious win with the San Francisco Giants last night, helping his team go on to beat the Colorado Rockets in a massive blowout that seemed to produce a score more closely resembling that of a football game instead of an MLB game.
Dickerson actually came in to reinforce the Giants’ offense and became a central figure behind the team’s 19-6 run in July of last year.
Giants & Dickerson Take Charge
This was a tremendous blowout for the Giants, matching the club’s 27 hits and 23 runs as they wiped out the Rockies 23-5. The last time their offense got to such level was on June 8, 1990 against the Atlanta Braves. The Giants scored in each of the first eight innings before they were finally stopped by catcher Drew Butera and were very close to becoming the 21st team to score at least one run in every inning. The last club to achieve that feat was the Chicago White Sox in 2016.
Dickerson, Donovan Solano and Brandon Crawford scored six runs each for the Giants, and they became the first trio of the same club to have at least six RBIs in a single game since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920. Having three homers and two doubles, Dickerson hit 16 bases total to equal Hall of Famer Willie May for the most bases reached in a game in franchise history.
Dickerson, who made his MLB debut in 2015, scored three amazing home runs, including a mammoth, 480-foot blast. This hit was considered the longest by a Giants player since the launch of Statcast back in 2015. Giants manager Gabe Kapler is happy with Dickerson’s results, stating, “That’s quite an accomplishment. One of the better all-around statistical performances I’ve seen. Every swing he took was right on time. He even had some near-misses that he was synced up on and got his ‘A’ swing off on. It was a really good performance by Alex.”
Dickerson opened the score in the first by depositing a down-and-in changeup from Jon Gray into the third deck in right field for his fifth home run of the year. With this score, Dickerson broke the club’s Statcast long-distance mark previously obtained by Brandon Belt, who hit a 475-foot shot at Coors Field on May 22, 2015. Belt claims that his home run went farther than Statcast’s estimated distance.
However, Crawford supports Statcast because he closely observed both tape-measured home runs. He explains, “I told Belt right away that Dickerson’s went further,” adding, “And I think I saw that it was like five feet further. I told him I could tell.”
Dickerson Hits A Long Ball
In fact, Dickerson had the second-longest home run mark this season, only behind a 483-foot blast by New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. But, Dickerson lost a fourth home run in the ninth last night. He said that confronting Butera was a real challenge for him. “It’s a little harder, to be honest. A lot of times when you’re going [really] well in a lot of these games, the position player at-bat is the one that kind of gets you. It’s just a different look. It’s not what you’ve been tuned up to all day,” he asserted.
No other player had scored three homers and two doubles in a Modern Era Major League game until the Cubs’ Kris Bryant did so on June 27, 2016. Dickerson now has four home runs over his last two games and said his swing hasn’t felt this good since he joined the Giants for the first time in June last year.
With the victory on Tuesday, the Giants moved ahead of the Rockies in the National League West standings and are ready for a deep run in the postseason. They play the Rockies again today, and are looking for a repeat of yesterday’s performance.