Gonzalez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez will take a seat against southpaw Robbie Ray, as manager Dave Roberts will trot out a lineup almost entirely void of left-handed bats (with the exception of Corey Seager). The plattoon splits of Gonzalez aren't all that drastic, as he owns a .269 batting average against left-handers, but Roberts will elect to play matchups nonetheless. Scott Van Slyke will get the starting nod at first base in place of Gonzalez.
Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Padres. The veteran first baseman wrapped up a productive series against one of his former squads by homering for the first time since June 11 against the Giants. Gonzalez's extended power drought had been somewhat of a cause for concern, but he's been clicking in virtually every other category. Following Sunday's production, he's already brought his average up 18 points in July, and is now slashing .291/.370/.412 on the season.
Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Padres. The veteran first baseman answered Yangervis Solarte's two-run blast in the first with an RBI double in the second that plated Chase Utley to open the Dodgers' scoring on the day. Gonzalez has had a rather ordinary season by his standards, but his bat has definitely gathered some steam in July. He's now posted multi-hit efforts in four of the last five games, and is slashing .419/.525/.548 with four doubles and eight RBI over 31 at-bats to date this month.
Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with a walk, one RBI and two runs in Tuesday's game against the Brewers. The two days of rest seemed to work out for the slumping veteran. Gonzalez's average is in line with recent years, but his power numbers are way down 75 games into the season. He's slashing .272/.347/.382 through 272 at-bats -- a career-low slugging percentage.
Gonzalez (rest) is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee. The slumping veteran received the last two days off after batting an uncharacteristic .183 through his first 22 games of June. He will return to the lineup Tuesday and bat cleanup against Milwaukee righty Chase Anderson.
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