On May 14, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, and two runs batted in, giving him 32 RBI in 34 games on the season and 998 for his career. He then went into a mini-slump, batting .208 with no extra-base hits and no runs batted in over his next eight games.
Last night, Gonzalez had two hits and one RBI, putting him at 999 for his career. He didn’t wait very long to get the milestone.
In the bottom of the fifth inning tonight, with a runner on first and the Dodgers already leading 6-0, Gonzalez drove an 89-MPH fastball from Atlanta Braves’ starter Julio Teheran over the left-field wall for a two-run homer, giving him 1,001 RBI in his 12-year career.
This is Gonzalez’s tenth season as an everyday player. In the previous nine seasons, he has failed to drive in 100 runs only twice: he drove in 82 in 2006, his first season with the San Diego Padres and his first season as a regular; and he knocked in 99 runs for the 2009 Padres. Gonzalez led the Major Leagues in 2014 with 116 RBI.
Gonzalez is batting .344 with ten home runs, 35 RBI, and an MLB-leading 17 doubles this season. The Dodgers beat the Braves 8-0.