Shawn Green slams record four homers
Shawn Green was a monster in Dodger Blue on Thursday.
Green, 29, went a career-high 6-for-6 at the plate with a record-tying four home runs, seven runs batted in and six runs scored as the Los Angeles Dodgers drubbed the Milwaukee Brewers, 16-3 at Miller Park.
Moreover, Green's 19 total bases surpassed the record of 18 held by Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves since July 31, 1954.
"There's no one in the game that needed it more than I did," Green said after raising his batting average 34 points to .265.
"I was getting pretty down."
"He had a day today that goes down as one of the greatest in the history of the game," added Dodgers manager Jim Tracy. "A month-and a-half of frustration began to come out today."
Green is the 14th major leaguer to club four homers in a game, including Mike Cameron of the Seattle Mariners on May 2.
The sweet-swinging outfielder is the first National Leaguer to accomplish the feat since Mark Whiten of the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 7, 1993.
Both Green and Whiten are former Toronto Blue Jays.
"My hat goes off to him," Cameron said. "Today would be considered 'Shawn Green Day.'
"That is very difficult to do. Obviously, someone must've had the same feeling I had that particular day.
"He was feeling even better because he went 6-for-6."
Brian Jordan, Hiram Bocachica, Adrian Beltre and Dave Hansen also homered for Los Angeles, which has won five of its last seven games.
Japanese sensation Kazuhisa Ishii (7-1) started for the Dodgers and checked the Brewers on two runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings to earn the win.
Milwaukee has dropped three of its last four and seven of 10.
Los Angeles led 3-1 in the second inning when, with two out, Green slammed a 385-foot three-run homer to right field off losing pitcher Glendon Rusch (3-4).
Rusch allowed eight runs and nine hits in just 1 2/3 innings, equalling the shortest start of his career.
Green led off the fourth with his second homer, a 415-foot solo shot off reliever Brian Mallette to make it 9-1.
"He's out of that slump now," Mallette said. "He is most definitely out of that slump."
Green belted his third in the fifth, a 390-foot solo blast to left, again off Mallette, then scored on Bocochica's homer for a 12-2 lead.
"As the day went on, all the sudden, (the ball) kept getting bigger and bigger," said Green, who managed three homers against the Montreal Expos on Aug. 15, 2001.
"After getting the double and a home run, things just took off from there."
Beltre, Green and Hansen blasted back-to-back-to-back homers in the ninth for a 16-2 advantage.
Green's record-tying fourth, a 450-footer to right, came on a 1-1 offering from reliever Jose Cabrera and prompted a standing ovation from the Wisconsin crowd of 26,728.
"That's the first time in a road game I've ever gotten an ovation like that," Green said. "It feels great.
"I have a lot of good memories here," namely his first major league homer at old County Stadium on May 14, 1995.
All toll Green went 9-for-14 with six homers and an RBI triple in the three-game series, much to the delight of his teammtaes
"They were going pretty crazy, which made me feel pretty good," Green said.
"When I've gotten pats on the back this season, they've usually been sympathy pats."
Green was traded to Los Angeles by Toronto in 1999 and set franchise records with 49 homers and 125 RBIs last season.
One of five players to hit 40 homers in both leagues, he now has 201 career homers.
Green also joins first baseman Gil Hodges as the only Dodgers to hit four homers in a game.
Hodges did it on Aug. 31, 1950, when the team was located in Brooklyn.
With files from Sports Network