Gonzalez goes grand to reach No. 299
By Cary Osborne
Adrián González has a history of collecting homers in bunches and now he sits one short of 300 homers for his career after back-to-back games of homering in St. Louis.
González hit the fifth grand slam of his career in the first inning off Cardinals’ starter Mike Mayers, who was making his Major League debut.
The Dodgers were relentless against the 24-year-old right hander, scoring nine runs off him in 1 1/3 inning. It was all the runs the Dodgers would score in a 9-6 win in St. Louis as the Dodgers head home to play Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
González went 3 for 5 in the game, with hits in his first three plate appearances. He now has nine homers on the season.
His first three home runs this season came in the span of seven games.
His first five last year were hit in his first three games. He hit seven home runs in 11 games last year from July 3 to 17. And as you see in his home run log, you see more streakiness.
On another note, Adam Liberatore’s franchise record for most scoreless appearances ended at 28. He loaded the bases in the seventh inning with one out and was pulled in favor of Joe Blanton. The first batter Blanton faced, Aledmys Diaz, hit a sacrifice fly to cut the Dodger lead to 9-4. Liberatore was 10 games away from equaling Craig Kimbrel’s Major League record of 38 games.
Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a double in the first inning. He hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Mayers. Kendrick was 2 for 5 in the game.
The Dodgers now trail the Giants by three games for first place in the National League West — the closest they’ve been since June 7.