© 2009 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.
05/16/09 2:40 AM ET
Gonzalez homers in fifth straight game
League-leading slugger one shy of Padres' record streak
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Adrian Gonzalez homered in his fifth consecutive game on Friday when he hit a solo shot in the first inning against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aaron Harang. Gonzalez, who leads the Major Leagues with 15 big flies, is one shy of tying the franchise record with homers in six consecutive games. The current mark belongs to Graig Nettles, who accomplished the feat in 1984. "We're seeing the emergence in one of the best players in the National League," Padres manager Bud Black said after San Diego defeated the Reds on Friday, 5-3. "He's seeing the ball and taking very good swings. He can hit the ball line to line." Gonzalez has hit six home runs during the stretch, dating back to Sunday's game in Houston. He hit four home runs in a three-game series at Wrigley Field that concluded on Thursday. The four home runs he hit against the Cubs were the most by a Padres player at Wrigley Field in a single series. The last visiting player to hit four home runs in a three-game series at Wrigley Field was Bobby Abreu in 2004. Gonzalez's home run off Harang was hit only hit in three at-bats on Friday. He did take a walk in the seventh inning where the Padres rallied to take the lead with three runs. Gonzalez has hit 11 home runs on the road and four at spacious PETCO Park, where the Padres will play their next seven games.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.