Before Tuesday night’s game in Texas, Adrian Gonzalez hadn’t hit a home run in his last 84 at-bats, a stretch which lasted nearly a month.
Gonzalez blasted two home runs which traveled more than 800 feet combined in a span of just three at-bats against the Rangers’ Colby Lewis to break the slump.
The slugger now has 20 home runs this year to go along with 97 RBI, second in the American League behind Curtis Granderson.
Still, Gonzalez is slugging nearly 200 points lower in the second half of the season than he did in the first half. Prior to Tuesday night, Gonzalez had just six extra-base hits in the month of August, all of which were doubles.
Gonzalez is on pace for his lowest home run total since 2006 when he hit 24 for the Padres. He had 17 homers at the All-Star break and made the final round of the Home Run Derby against Granderson in Arizona.
The lefty is still hitting nearly .320 since the break and doesn’t blame the derby for his recent lack of power.
He has admitted recently that neck pain forced him to shorten his swing, which robbed him of some power over the last month.
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