Gonzalez has bat to go with glove
Adrian Gonzalez

Posted Jul 18, 2006


In the middle of talking about Adrian Gonzalez's breakout offense, Padres manager Bruce Bochy paused Monday night to talk about the 24-year-old first baseman's glove work.            

"He's playing great baseball," Bochy said in summation. "What a game he had. Glove and bat. Beautiful swing. Great glove."

Gonzalez hit two homers Monday night to lead the Padres to a come-from-behind, 8-6 win over the Phillies at Petco Park. The first was a solo shot off Phillies starter Cole Hamels in the sixth. The second was a three-run shot off left-handed reliever Rheal Cormier an inning later that put the Padres ahead 7-6.

Gonzalez now has seven homers and 15 RBIs in his last seven games. In a span of four games, he has the first two multiple-homer games of his career.

Going back further, Gonzalez has 13 homers and 28 RBIs since June 6.

A couple more rarities -- only one of Gonzalez's first 14 homers came with a runner on base, and his first 15 homers all came off right-handed pitchers. Three of his last four homers have been three-run shots, and his last three homers have come off left-handed pitchers.

As for the glove, Gonzalez made three defensive gems at first base Monday night, turning a line drive into a double play and converting two other smashes down the line into outs at first.

Gonzalez now has 18 homers, equaling the Padres high for all of 2005, by Ryan Klesko.



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