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Padres Rockies Brandon Dixon Sam Hilliard homers

It was a night Babe Ruth would have been proud of.

The duo of Sam Hilliard and Brandon Dixon gave the fans at Isotopes Park plenty to cheer about, slugging a pair of homers that traveled a combined 958 feet.

However, it was visiting Triple-A El Paso, buoyed by Dixon’s eighth-inning grand slam, which laughed last after finishing off a 9-4 win at Albuquerque on Thursday night.

Hilliard, who has 111 Minor League home runs and 29 more in the Majors on his résumé, provided the first “oohs” of the evening. With the Isotopes trailing by a run in the seventh inning, the 28-year-old launched a 2-0 pitch 114 mph and 478 feet to right-center field.

But Hilliard’s mash was just the appetizer.

Only minutes after watching his counterpart’s jack from his position in right field, Dixon went a step further. Two steps, to be exact.

The 30-year-old not only connected on his first slam since 2017, he sent it 480 feet away into the trees beyond the center-field fence.

Those two players are no strangers to home runs. Hilliard hit a career-high 35 homers for Albuquerque in 2019 and 14 with the Rockies last year.

Dixon has left the yard 16 times this season and 84 times in his Minor League career. The California native clubbed 15 long balls for the Tigers in 2019.



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