Just after Adrian Gonzalez set a MLB record last week, the Dodger’s hit a bit of a snag over the weekend. Gonzalez homered in four consecutive at-bats dating to Tuesday before his RBI single in the sixth last week.
Fittingly, Gonzalez received his Silver Slugger award from last season before that game. Then he went out and had a four-hit game to go with consecutive three-hit games Monday and Tuesday, becoming the first National League player with three hits in each of his first three games since Orlando Cepeda of San Francisco had three straight three-hit games in 1963.
Adrian Gonzalez usually performs well against the Padres, his former team. He had a .328 average and 10 home runs in 49 games entering last Wednesday.
“It was a one-man show,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He has power, the ability to hit for average and kick in runs, he used the whole field, and does what the situation calls for. He’s a tremendous player. He’s a Gold Glover on defense, he’sbeen an All-Star — he does it all.”
But then the Dodgers hit the weekend. Saturday night will not be looked back at as a high point in the Los Angeles Dodgers season. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Not only did they lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Archie Bradley in his major league debut. Not only did Clayton Kershaw get knocked around, allowing six runs in 6 1/3 innings. Not only did they fall to 2-3, which is good enough for sole possession of last place in the NL West. They managed to lose not one, but two third basemen to injury on consecutive plays in the third inning.
Hopes for the season are still high as the rebounded with a 7-4 win of the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.
Dodgers are currently in third place in the NL West.