Outfielder Oscar Gonzalez was already enjoying June with a pretty strong performance overall. As the month comes to a close, Gonzalez made sure to end it on a high note.
It was a perfect 5-5 day at the plate for the 25-year old, but not just any 5-5 performance. Gonzalez hit for the cycle in Columbus' 7-6 win over Indianapolis Sunday, with the duplicate hit being a second single.
Gonzalez nearly missed hitting for the cycle as he came into the 8th inning 4-4 with two singles, a double, and a triple. A go-ahead two-run homer in the 8th secured the cycle for Gonzalez and ended up being the difference in the game.
This was definitely a case of perfect timing from Gonzalez as the two-run cushion proved crucial with Indianapolis cutting into the Clippers' lead in the bottom of the 9th. There is a world where Gonzalez' homer is only a solo shot with a completely different outcome considering Indianapolis' comeback attempt in their final at-bats of the game.
With Gonzalez rounding into form and producing consistently at the plate, his time with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers may be coming to an end soon. Gonzalez is clearly showing that he has nothing left to prove in the minors and it may be time to reinsert him back into the mix at the major league level.
Even if Gonzalez does not go full SpongeBob upon his inevitable return, he could produce a little bit more than some of the options currently struggling for the Guardians. Somewhere between his dismal performance this year, .192/.213/.288 slash line, and last year's .296/.327/.461 mark would be a more than welcome addition in Cleveland. It is clear that there is something there in Gonzalez' bat, it is just about putting it together consistently to warrant playing time in the Guardians lineup on a regular basis. And that opportunity for Gonzalez may be coming sooner rather than later.