Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went deep in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 12-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, recording the 250th home run of his career.
Gonzalez's two-run milestone blast plated teammate Justin Turner, cutting an 8-4 deficit to 8-6 in a game that the Pirates would later break wide open in the eighth inning.
Though his home run wasn't enough to lead the Dodgers to victory, Gonzalez finally seems to be turning things around, after struggling for much of the season. He hit eight home runs in April and finished the month with a .317 batting average, but has since added just seven homers over his last 72 games, all while watching his average dip to a middling .259.
The 32-year-old first baseman owned a .250 batting average as recently as Sunday before registering three hits in three at-bats in Monday's 5-2 win over the Pirates. He then produced a second straight multi-hit game Tuesday, adding a single and sacrifice fly to supplement his milestone homer.
Only 40 of Gonzalez's home runs have come in a Dodgers uniform, as his power has dropped off noticeably over the last few seasons.
After hitting 40 long balls for the San Diego Padres in 2009, he smacked 31 in 2010. He then hit 27 in 2011, his first season with the Boston Red Sox. The trend continued in 2012, when Gonzalez hit just 15 homers in 123 games for the Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in a blockbuster August trade.
While still an above-average hitter by most measures, Gonzalez has just 40 home runs in his 292 games as a Dodger.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!