Aside from a slump in May, Adrian Gonzalez has been one of the more consistent hitters in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup this season. Gonzalez has had particular success against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who the Dodgers hosted for a three-game set that began Friday.
In the first game of the series, Gonzalez went just 1-for-4 as offense was at a premium for both teams in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win. However, Gonzalez had big games the two following days.
He hit a two-run home run in the first inning of Saturday’s game to give the Dodgers an early lead:
Then on Sunday, two batters after the Dodgers ended Trevor Cahill’s no-hitter, Gonzalez hit a three-run shot to deep center field to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead:
Gonzalez came to the plate in the seventh inning again with two runners on and hit his second three-run home run of the game, this time off Oliver Perez:
Gonzalez finished 2-for-4 with the two home runs and six RBIs in the Dodgers’ 7-2 win, which gave them their fourth sweep of the Diamondbacks this season. The six RBIs in a single game tied a career high and Gonzalez now has 100 on the season for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
The lone year Gonzalez didn’t reach 100 RBIs in that stretch came in 2009 when he had 99. Manager Don Mattingly has routinely praised Gonzalez for his consistency and ability to drive men in.
Leading the Dodgers this season in home runs (22) and RBIs, Gonzalez attributed his success to simply being an RBI hitter and understanding what’s needed in various situations.
With Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig continuing to struggle at the plate, the Dodgers have largely relied on production from Gonzalez and Matt Kemp to carry them offensively.
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