Toles, Segedin mash first big league homers

Toles, Segedin mash first big league homers

CINCINNATI -- The last time the Dodgers had four homers in the same inning, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and manager Dave Roberts were wearing different uniforms.

During Monday's 18-9 thrashing of the Reds, the Dodgers bashed four homers in a span of six batters in the fifth inning. The last time Los Angeles hit four homers in an inning was on Sept. 18, 2006, when it crushed back-to-back-to-back-to-back long balls in an 11-10 walk-off victory against the Padres.

Roberts was playing left field that day for San Diego and Gonzalez was at first base.

"I was in left field, watching one go over my head, a couple in right center," Roberts said. "Yeah, I saw it. I remember it."

"Who won [the division]?" Gonzalez quipped.

Roberts had a different view of a four-homer inning on Monday. Gonzalez played a part in that fateful frame, hitting the final homer, his second of three on the day to go along with a career-high eight RBIs.

But that inning proved special for another reason, too.

The first homer came from right fielder Andrew Toles, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Toles took a 1-1 slider deep to right field, driving in two for his first career homer. On the next pitch, third baseman Rob Segedin took a curveball to left-center field, also for his first career homer.

Although it was the second time this month that two players have gone back-to-back for their first career homers -- following the Yankees' Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin on Aug. 13 -- it was the just the fourth time in the last 30 years that it'd happened, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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"I mean, when I saw he hit his, I looked up on the board and I saw that it was his first, so I was excited for him because I knew, especially because it landed in the net that he was going to get the ball back," Segedin said. "It was a big hit at the time, too. What I was able to do, the next pitch, it was pretty cool."

The day was sort of a perfect storm for both players. Toles wasn't even originally in the lineup, only to be a late insert after Josh Reddick came up with a jammed right middle finger.

Segedin, who spent the first six innings in the field before being removed in a double switch, hoped he wasn't going to get a phone call, because Monday was his wife's due date.

"Once I got taken out of the game, I just came in and checked and made sure that she didn't go into labor while I was playing," Segedin said. "Once I heard from her, I was kind of relaxing knowing that I can probably get back in time just in case anything does happen."

While Segedin has some important matters to take care of once he gets back to Los Angeles, Toles is just hoping that the ball, which he was able to get retrieved, makes it back.

"If I don't lose it, I'll probably give it to my mom or something," Toles said. "I lose a lot of stuff. That's a problem."

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Dodgers on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.