It has been a long and trying season for Adrian Gonzalez, but the Dodgers first baseman had a moment to remember on Tuesday night, recording his 2,000th career hit against the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
The milestone hit for Gonzalez came against Pirates relief pitcher Johnny Barbato, a double to open the sixth inning.
Gonzalez, 35, is the 285th player in major league history to reach 2,000 hits, and the fifth to join the two grand club in 2017, joining Matt Holliday, Jose Reyes, Victor Martinez, and Nick Markakis.
Reaching 2,000 hits in 2017
|Matt Holliday||Yankees||April 8||Orioles|
|Jose Reyes||Mets||May 20||Angels|
|Victor Martinez||Tigers||July 7||Indians|
|Nick Markakis||Braves||August 3||Dodgers|
|Adrian Gonzalez||Dodgers||August 22||Pirates|
Markakis recorded his 2,000th hit against the Dodgers on Aug. 3 in Atlanta.
Gonzalez is 4-for-19 (.211) with two doubles and two RBI since returning from the disabled list, his second stint of the season, with lumbar disc herniation in his back bothering him all year. He has 46 hits this season in 54 games.
This is the first season of Gonzalez’s career that he was placed on the disabled list, after being one of baseball’s iron men for over a decade. From 2006-16, Gonzalez averaged 159 games played per season, and 174 hits.
No. 1 draft picks with 2,000 hits
|Ken Griffey Jr.||1987||2,781|
Gonzalez in his career has 949 hits in 937 games at home, and 1,051 hits in 921 games on the road. He has recorded 742 hits with the Dodgers, 856 with the Padres, 358 with the Red Sox — including leading the American League with 213 hits in 2011 -- and 44 hits with the Rangers.
The Marlins drafted Gonzalez first overall in the 2000 draft, though he was traded to Texas before ever reaching the majors. Gonzalez is the sixth No. 1 overall pick to reach 2,000 hits.
The Dodgers have had a pair of 2,000 milestones this season, with Clayton Kershaw striking out his 2,000th career batter on June 2 against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Gonzalez is the first player to record his 2,000th career hit while with the Dodgers since Jeff Kent on July 8, 2005.
Gonzalez enjoyed his souvenir after the win.