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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Dodgers' Gonzalez struggling since trade

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez homered in his first at-bat as a Dodger. He hit a walk-off, two-run double in another game, and tripled and scored the winning run in the ninth inning of another.

But beyond that, the central figure in last month's megatrade between the Red Sox and Dodgers has struggled. He took a called third strike with the tying run on base to end the Dodgers' 1-0 defeat Monday night to San Diego, which dropped the Dodgers to six games behind the Giants in the NL West with 20 games to play.

"I'm just letting the team down," Gonzalez told reporters after that loss, and indeed, it has been a struggle.

The Dodgers were 6-10 since the trade entering play Tuesday night, and Gonzalez had posted a .227/.288/.348 batting line, with three doubles, a triple and a home run along with 10 RBIs.

"The most frustrating part is that I feel so good," Gonzalez told the L.A. Times. "When it comes to the result, it's not there. This is a result-driven game. The results need to be there. It's not just having a good at-bat or making a good swing. It's about getting on base, driving a run in."

The Dodgers could still claim a postseason spot in October. They were a game out of the wild-card race entering play Tuesday night, and will have former Sox pitcher Josh Beckett on the mound Wednesday night when they face the Cardinals, one of the teams ahead of them. Beckett has lost two of his first three decisions.

Nick Punto, meanwhile, has two singles in 14 at-bats for the Dodgers.