Gonzalez heating up entering home stretch

Gonzalez heating up entering home stretch

LOS ANGELES -- It might be too little, too late with the Dodgers three games out of a playoff spot entering Friday night's game against the Rockies, but Adrian Gonzalez is finally starting to show the offensive skill-set that made him so coveted by the Dodgers' front office.

Gonzalez was riding a nine-game hitting streak heading into the Dodgers' final homestand, hitting .378 (14-for-37) with a double, two homers and five RBIs on the team's recent nine-game road trip.

Prior to hitting the road last week, Gonzalez had gone just 20-for-86 (.233) since making his Dodgers debut on Aug. 25.

Manager Don Mattingly said he's not surprised by the slugger's turnaround over the past nine games, based on his track record.

"I do like the way he looks right now," Mattingly said. "He seems more front-sided to me, where he's staying in there and seeing less of the backhand and more of the front hand."