Paul Goldschmidt clubbed two home runs and added two more hits in the Diamondbacks’ 9-2 rout of the Miami Marlins on Friday night, and perhaps the ultimate compliment for the burgeoning superstar is that no one seemed the least bit surprised. “Every time he goes to the plate,” third baseman Martin Prado said, “you’re just waiting for something to happen.” The Diamondbacks have been playing games that count for more than six weeks, but in baseball terms the season is young, barely more than quarter of the way complete. Much can change. But there is enough information to start drawing conclusions, and when it comes to Goldschmidt, one is difficult to ignore. He’s not just one of the better first basemen or one of the better young hitters. He’s one of the better players, period. Pitchers cannot seem to get him out with any kind of consistency, and his mere presence in the lineup changes the complexion of a game. “I feel like the way some guys get him out, the next series he’ll be crushing that pitch,” Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill said. “Guys will come in on him and then all of a sudden he’s pulling his hands in and hitting homers on pitches in. And then they’ll try to go away and get him out away and the next thing you know he’s hitting balls to the opposite field on pitches away. He makes adjustments quick. He’s a smart hitter.” You could see one such adjustment happen Friday. With a man aboard in the first inning, Marlins right-hander Kevin Slowey jumped ahead of Goldschmidt 0-2 and tried to put him away with a curveball. But he hung it and Goldschmidt hammered it out to left field to put the Diamondbacks ahead 2-0. Two innings later, Goldschmidt was up again with a runner aboard. But this time when Slowey got to two strikes, there was no sign of the curveball. He stuck with the fastball, at one point throwing nine in a row, the last of which Goldschmidt crushed for another two-run homer. The at-bat lasted 13 pitches; Goldschmidt fouled off eight of them. “However many I fouled off, all of them were down and away, mostly really good pitches,” Goldschmidt said. “Then, fortunately for me, he made a mistake. I don’t know if he was trying to come in or not, but the pitch I hit out ended up being middle of the plate, maybe a little in.” Goldschmidt doubled in the seventh before shooting a single to right in the ninth to cap his third career four-hit game. With his three-double game on Wednesday, he became just the second player in franchise history to record back-to-back games with three extra-base hits. Steve Finley also did it in 1999.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks cruise past the Miami Marlins
Arizona Republic | May 18