Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's 3-1 win over the Giants. His ninth-inning, three-run blast off San Francisco closer Will Smith erased a frustrating night for Houston's bats. Gonzalez has eight hits and four home runs on the current three-city road trip, including three homers from the right side of the plate. Prior to this trip, he hadn't homered from that side of the plate.
Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's 14-0 win over the Dodgers. Gonzalez has homered three times in the last three games, giving us another hopeful indication that he's on the verge of putting together a sustained stretch of production that's eluded him all season long. The super-utility player, whose high point this season was June 18 when he had a .259 average, is currently slashing .232/.316/.375.
Gonzalez started in left field and went 0-for-3 in Monday's 2-0 loss to the Mariners. Gonzalez has gone 14 at-bats without a hit, dropping his average to .228. He had a seven-game hitting streak prior to this latest hitless run; it was yet another example where it looked like he was about to break out of a season-long slump, only to have the slump immediately return. His versatility has been needed of late, as Gonzalez has been the primary starter at shortstop with Carlos Correa (back) on the disabled list, and he can also slot in at second base while Jose Altuve (knee) is absent. But as Correa is about the embark on a rehabilitation assignment and with a productive Tony Kemp around to play left field, Gonzalez could lose at-bats once all of Houston's injured players return.
Gonzalez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers. It appears Gonzalez is simply getting rest after starting each of the last 11 games, which included assignments at three different positions. The last two of Gonzalez's starts came at second base, and it appears that may be his primary home for the time being after Jose Altuve (knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.
Gonzalez went 0-for-4 in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Athletics. Gonzalez returned to the lineup after missing time due to wrist and hand injuries suffered when he was spiked during Tuesday's contest. He started at shortstop in place of the injured Carlos Correa, who will not return from his back injury until after the All-Star break. That means Gonzalez, and his .652 OPS, is expected to play all three games in the weekend series against Detroit.