The Dodgers roster that was supposed to be lacking in home run power has officially hit the most home runs in franchise history through 25 games.
Justin Turner, Jimmy Rollins and Adrian Gonzalez all homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 on Tuesday.
"I don’t care if people think we're a home run hitting team or not," said Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal. "It doesn't matter if you hit home runs or not as long as you continue to score runs. Whether it's by home runs or driving guys in, it's fine by me."
Zack Grienke (5-0) continued his torrid start to the season allowing one run (not earned) on just two hits with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
"Zack's been great all season, executing pitches and making very few mistakes," said Gonzalez of his starting pitcher. "He did what he needed to do and got us a pretty good win."
Greinke raked with the bat as well hitting a double to jump-start Los Angeles in their four-run seventh.
"He's got one of the better bat flips in the game," laughed Gonzalez. "People make a fuss about Puig's bat flipping but they don't say anything about Greinke's. Go figure."
Rookie Joc Pederson who is known for his defense in centerfield misjudged a fly ball in the second inning and was charged with a run-scoring error. The two out mistake cost the Dodgers an early run and with veteran Matt Garza on the mound for Milwaukee, it was possible it could prove to be the only run allowed in the game.
Thankfully for the Dodgers, it would not prove to be the only run of the game. Los Angeles got on the board in the 6th thanks to a three-run blast by Turner. Turner finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs on the night.
"In the bat before I missed a pitch I wish I could have had back," Turner said. "In my next at-bat I got another good pitch and didn't miss that one."
The inning would prove to be Garaza's last as he allowed three runs on four hits in six innings.
The bullpen couldn't hold the Dodgers at three, the way they did the night before. LA teed off on the Brewers pen in the top half of the seventh with two-run home runs by Rollins and Gonzalez.
Gonzalez's moon shot was a mammoth blast that hit the scoreboard 50 feet above the 400 ft. wall in center. His NL-leading 9th homer of the season was estimated at 447 feet, but had the scoreboard not been there it easily could have traveled over 500ft.
"He [Gonzalez] always has to try and show me up," joked Turner after the game. "I hit a homer to center that barely gets out and then he has to hit one the next inning a thousand feet further than me."
Gonzalez came into the game with the highest all-time batting average by any hitter at Miller Park in Milwaukee with a .406 career batting average against the Brewers.
"There's a flat background here and you see the ball well," explained Gonzalez of his success at Miller Park. "You recognize everything so it makes you feel more comfortable at the plate."
Daniel Coulombe made his 2015 Dodgers debut by pitching in the ninth. Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday after posting a 1.74 ERA in eight relief appearances. Coulombe was taken in the 20th round by the Dodgers in 2012.
The Dodgers broke their own franchise record with 42 home runs through their first 25 games. The previous record was set by the 2000 team.
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