SAN DIEGO — Thursday afternoon became a good and bad time for Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez to relax.
Gonzalez has a .138 batting average as well as 13 strikeouts against Padres starter Ian Kennedy. He also entered the day 3-for-24 (.125) as a result of six games on the Rockies road trip.
It wasnt your typical 3-for-24, at the very least in San Diego. Gonzalez was scammed out on hard-hit balls and fantastic defensive plays on various occasions. Sometimes, he realized, its good to step away from the disappointment.
For sure, there are going to be a couple of broken-bat hits, and a couple not-hard strikes, and youve got to take it this way, said Gonzalez, whose playing baseball average has dropped 106 suggests .283 during the trip. The positive thing can be Im hitting the ball hard, just not finding holes right now. But its hard, because anytime I feel like I reach the ball hard inside great situations — runners upon first and second, things like that — which is the ballgame.
What I do is decide to play defense and try to carry out the same thing to them that theyre undertaking to me. Its tough, but you cannot get frustrated. Just carry on and swing the bat as well as good things will happen.
The Rockies dont usually sit Gonzalez in unfavorable matchups from right-handed pitching. He went 0-for-4 Weekend against the Giants Matt Cain to end any 10-game hitting streak, and he has 4-for-44 (.091) in his career against Cain.
Its just a few time when everything can come together, Gonzalez said. Hopefully, well stay healthy. If were all around and competing at our very best level, were going to be a beneficial team.