Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez Explodes for 3 Home Runs vs. Reds

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 5, 2013

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Joe Kay of the Associated Press tweeted:

ESPN Stats & Info added:

Gonzalez ended up going 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs in the 12-4 drubbing of Cincinnati on Wednesday.

As for Troy Tulowitzki, via Drew Silva of Hardball Talk:

Gonzalez has been rolling this season. Headed into Wednesday's contest, he was batting .306 with 14 home runs, 36 RBI, 46 runs and 12 stolen bases. He is now second in the National League with 17 home runs on the season and leads the league in runs.

The Rockies are now 32-28, two games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the lead in the NL West. A large part of that has been due to their offense, among the top teams in the NL in runs scored.

Gonzalez has combined with Tulowitzki to form a formidable duo, but players like Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler have also stepped up at the dish.

In 135 games last season, Gonzalez batted .303 with 22 home runs, 85 RBI, 89 runs and 20 stolen bases. There's no denying that he's one of the best talents in baseball when he's healthy. The 27-year-old was the NL batting champion in 2010 and an All-Star last year.

One thing's for sure: If Gonzalez and Tulowitzki keep this up, it's going to make for an exciting run down the stretch in the National League West. The biggest thing for Gonzalez is his health. When he's on the field, he has the ability to do big things, as he showed against the Reds on Wednesday.