Behind a strong outing from Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided being swept in their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers and remained in first place in the National League standings.
After a seven-run outburst in the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Dodgers managed to score just four runs through the first two games against the Brewers and nine overall.
Adrian Gonzalez attempted to do his part offensively, as he went 7-for-10 with two home runs, three doubles and five RBIs. After a 2-for-3 effort on Sunday, Gonzalez discussed his recent success, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
I’ve got a good feeling right now,” said Gonzalez. “I’m a very streaky hitter, so I hope I continue doing that. I’ve been really good in spurts and really bad in spurts.”
Manager Don Mattingly compared the setting at Miller Park to Chase Field, where Gonzalez has historically hit well:
He’s just in sync,” Mattingly said of Gonzalez. “Arizona’s park has a similar background to this and he kills the ball there. When he has a guy on third base, he doesn’t get greedy, he takes the sacrifice fly; that’s what an RBI guy does.”
Since the All-Star break, Gonzalez is hitting .354 and has 19 RBIs; the first baseman has collected at least two hits in the last four games. Gonzalez had a similar streak immediately after the the break and put together a five-game hitting streak.
Although Gonzalez’s batting average is still below .300, he leads the Dodgers with 17 home runs and 49 RBIs. He previously discussed his struggles at the plate this season and remained optimistic he’d get into a rhythm.
With Hanley Ramirez being placed on the 15-day disabled list, Gonzalez’s ability to shoulder more of the offensive load will be key for the Dodgers in the foreseeable future.
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