The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Wednesday’s game with the Chicago Cubs losers in two straight and looking to get back on track offensively. They were facing Kyle Hendricks, who was coming off a start in which he allowed seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits over five innings against the Minnesota Twins.
While Hendricks had been pushed around, that wasn’t something for the Dodgers to take for granted given their ongoing struggles. Hendricks retired the side in order in the first inning, striking out Joc Pederson along the way.
However, his fortunes changed in the second as Adrian Gonzalez belted an opposite-field solo home run on a 3-1 pitch to lead off the inning. It gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead at the time, and they went on to tag Hendricks for four more runs in his five innings of work.
The home run was Gonzalez’s 13th of the season, which ranks behind Pederson (19) for the team lead. It was also just Gonzalez’s third home run in the month of June and gave him one hit through each of the three games with the Cubs. He leads the Dodgers with 46 RBIs.