And why not? He’s hit one of the few homers Petco Park has allowed, and on Wednesday night, he went 4-for-4 with four runs scored to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 11-4 win over David Wells and the San Diego Padres.
“I feel pretty good here. I see the ball well,” said Green, who’s 6-for-8 in two games at Petco. “I hated hitting at Qualcomm so much that any change is a good change for me. I think it’s beautiful.”
Green hit only .216 at Qualcomm Stadium. “It’s just one of those parks where I didn’t feel good at the plate. I didn’t see the ball well and it definitely showed.”
Green reached base five times, Paul Lo Duca and Juan Encarnacion each had three RBIs and the Dodgers had eight hits and six runs before the Padres got their first hit, a leadoff single by Sean Burroughs in the fourth. Pitcher Kaz Ishii hit a two-run single in a big inning against Wells.
Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his first. Visiting players have hit three home runs in five games at spacious Petco Park, including Green’s shot in an 8-3 Dodgers loss Tuesday night. The Padres have yet to connect, and their sluggers have complained about how the park plays.
“It’s no big deal,” Encarnacion said of his homer.
Six days after allowing four hits in seven scoreless innings against San Francisco in the Petco opener, Wells (0-1) allowed eight runs and 10 hits and was chased by Green’s double with no outs in the fifth.
Wells called it a bonafide tail-whipping.
“Leaving the ball up and not getting the pitches where I wanted, this is the kind of thing that’s going to happen,” he said.
Wells gave up six runs and six hits in the second inning, including the single to left-center field by Ishii, who brought in a .070 lifetime average. Ishii came up after Jose Hernandez was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Ishii fell behind 1-2, then fouled off three straight pitches before getting one he could handle to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
“Nobody wants to give up an RBI to a pitcher,” Wells said. “But when you’re going bad, you’re going bad and that’s what happens.”
“It kind of takes the life out of you when you give up a six-spot in the second inning,” Wells said.
“We hit the ball well and had good at-bats,” Green said. “That one big inning, when you get guys on base and things are happening, it opens the field up quite a bit and good things happen.”
Lo Duca had a two-run single in the fifth.
Ishii (2-0) gave up only two hits through six innings before being chased in the three-run seventh. Rookie Khalil Greene hit a two-run triple off the fence in straightaway center, the closest a Padres player has come to homering. Ishii was pulled after Brian Buchanan hit an RBI single.
Ishii allowed four runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out three andwalked three.
Encarnacion’s major league-leading streak of 227 straight errorless games ended when he dropped Brian Giles’ fly ball to RF in the fourth inning. … Green has 304 extra-base hits as a Dodger, passing Davey Lopes, now San Diego’s first base coach, for ninth place on Los Angeles’ all-time list. … Lo Duca has hit in all eight games for the Dodgers, and Burroughs and Mark Loretta have hit in all eight games for the Padres. … Dodgers RHP Jose Lima will start Saturday at San Francisco. Lima, a non-roster invitee to spring training, is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in three relief appearances. Manager Jim Tracy said Lima is capable of working deep into games if his pitches are on. … Padres RHP Ismael Valdez will start Saturday night against Arizona because LHP Sterling Hitchcock is sidelined with a strain in his ribcage. Hitchcock, who opened the season on the roster of Class-A Elsinore because the No. 5 spot in the rotationdidn’t come up right away, could be out for three weeks.