MINNEAPOLIS -- After the game Monday night, someone had put tape over the name on the back of Tony Gwynn's jersey. On the tape, they had written the name Caleb.
Before discussing his four-hit game as a part of the Dodgers' 15-0 victory over the Twins at Target Field, Gwynn explained the significance of the name.
"Caleb was one of the people God chose to go look at some land, and when they went to go look at it, all the people who were also chosen to go look saw how strong and powerful the people who were already on the land were, and convinced everybody else not to try and go fight for this land," Gwynn said.
"And Caleb felt like, with what God provided, they didn't have to worry, they were going to be alright. ... We had that in chapel the other day, so I've been trying to use it as my motivation."
Whatever is motivating Gwynn, it's been working over the last two days.
In the Dodgers' victories Sunday and Monday over the Angels and Twins, Gwynn hit .636, collecting seven hits in 11 at-bats, including a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday. Gwynn also scored two runs with a triple, three RBIs, two stolen bases and an outfield assist over that stretch.
Gwynn sparked the offense Monday, as they matched a club record with 25 hits and set a new season high with 15 runs.
"We were able to just find holes and hit balls hard," Gwynn said. "When we didn't hit balls hard, we found holes. I think that was just one of those games you enjoy being part of and getting the 'W' out of it.
"We definitely haven't had enough of those. ... Just finding holes and getting calls here and there, we haven't had enough of that. It's nice to get a victory like that."