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Former IU slugger Alex Dickerson has monster 3 home run and 5 extra base hit night

Alex Dickerson hit them early, far, and often on Tuesday night.

The former IU slugger had a three home run and five extra base hit night in Colorado as the Giants routed the Rockies 23-5.

Here are all three of Dickerson’s home runs.

The first landed in the upper deck at Coors Field and was one of the longest shots there in the Statcast era.

On the night, Dickerson finished 5-for-6 with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, a walk and 6 runs batted in.  He scored 5 times.

Dickerson hit his third home run in the sixth inning and later came to the plate with multiple chances for a fourth.  With a final at bat in the ninth inning, Dickerson hit an opposite field shot off the wall for his second double of the game.  ESPN reported that the 414 foot left-center field double would have been a home run at every other park in the league.

Dickerson nearly matched his season home run total on the night.  Coming into the game the 30 year-old was hitting .221 with 4 home runs and 14 runs batted in through 86 at bats.

By the time the night was over, Dickerson’s season totals were up to a .261 average with 7 homers and 20 RBIs.

Dickerson’s assault on baseballs on Tuesday night was significant on a number of fronts.

  • Just the 15th player in MLB history to have 5 extra base hits in a game.
  • Tied the Giants record for total bases in a game with 16, equaling Willie Mays in 1961.
  • First Giants player with 3 home runs through 6 innings in a game since Willie McCovey on April 22, 1964.
  • The 480-foot upper-deck shot was the longest by a Giant in the Statcast era.
  • It was also the 8th-longest HR hit at Coors by any player in the Statcast-era (since 2015).

The former IU slugger had a breakout summer in 2019 with San Francisco after missing the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons with injuries. In 176 at bats Dickerson hit .276 with 6 home runs and 28 runs batted in last season.

At Indiana, Dickerson hit .387 with 47 home runs and 181 runs batted in three highly productive seasons from 2009 through 2011.

He was a part of former Hoosiers coach Tracy Smith’s first NCAA tournament team in Bloomington.

Dickerson had a stellar season as a sophomore, when he led the Big Ten in batting average (.419), home runs (24), and runs batted in (75). He was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Year and earned first-team All-American honors.

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