Adrian Gonzalez began the season on a slow note and was hitting .189 entering Wednesday’s game with the Detroit Tigers. Gonzalez would only get one hit in the game, though an important one — a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning that began the Los Angeles Dodgers’ comeback bid. The Dodgers wound up dropping the game to the Tigers in extra innings, but Gonzalez has been on fire since that point.
In the three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gonzalez went 7-for-13 with a home run in each game and 10 total RBIs, five of which came in the first game of the series. Widely regarded as a professional hitter, Gonzalez’s home runs have been to different parts of the field, but on similar pitch counts.
His first was an opposite field shot on the third pitch, the second was pulled into the right field stands on the first pitch, the third was another opposite field home run on the first pitch, and his fourth was another sent over the right field fence on the third pitch.
Gonzalez attributed the latest increase in home runs and extra base hits to an improvement in the ability to finish his swing. After undergoing shoulder surgery prior to the 2011, Gonzalez stated movement in his shoulder is much better, which allows him to finish at a higher point.
Gonzalez will look to extend his home run streak on Tuesday against Tim Lincecum, whom the first baseman has yet to hit a home run off of in his career.