MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH
Paul Goldschmidt continued his assault on the league leader board and the Diamondbacks' record book Sunday, when he had four hits and a tied a career high with five RBIs in an 8-2 victory over Colorado.
Goldschmidt hit his 32nd homer for a 3-0 lead in the third inning and finished a triple short of the cycle. With a run-scoring single in the first inning and a two-run double in the fourth, he increased his NL-leading RBI total to 114.
"He was complaining about how he hasn't been running the bases much lately," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said with a smile. "Today was another good day for him, and he's done it many times for us. It's welcome what he does. He's just had a great year for us. Continues to go."
Goldschmidt is within one homer of NL leader Pedro Alvarez, of Pittsburgh, and he has a big lead in the RBI race. Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (101) is the only other NL player with more than 100 RBIs.
An MVP candidate, Goldschmidt already has set career records for homers and RBIs among D-backs first basemen, and his 32 homers are tied for ninth in franchise history.
His 114 RBIs are tied for third on the D-backs' career list with Luis Gonzalez, who with Matt Williams holds the season record at 142.
Goldschmidt's homer broke a drought of 83 at-bats without once, since his grand slam at Cincinnati on Aug. 20. The ball hit the batter's eye just above the demarcation line in dead center field, and umpires did not immediately rule it a homer.
"He didn't even get to jog on that one. You're going to go through streaks like that any way you look at it," Gibson said.
"I knew it had been awhile," Goldschmidt said. "That's the way the game is. You just try to have good at-bats, and stuff like that kind of happens. I don't even know how to hit them (homers). I just try to hit the ball hard. There is no reason to try to do anything different. Sometimes it just happens."
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES
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PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
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--1B Paul Goldschmidt ended a home run drought of 83 at-bats with a two-run homer in the third inning Sunday, part of a four-hit, five-RBI game that pushed his NL-leading RBI total to 114. "I knew it had been awhile," Goldschmidt said. "That's the way the game is. You just try to have good at-bats, and stuff like that kind of happens." Goldschmidt's 32 homers are one behind NL leader Pedro Alvarez of Pittsburgh. "I don't even know how to hit them. I just try to hit the ball hard. There is no reason to try to do anything different. Sometimes it just happens.
--RHP Trevor Cahill will make his 24th start of the season Monday at Chase Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers with an eye toward repeating his last outing with a different result. Cahill gave up three runs, one earned, in six innings against the Dodgers on Sept. 10, but he did not get a decision in a 5-3 loss. Cahill has given 1, 2, 3, 0 and 1 earned run in his last five appearances, going 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA in 28 1/3 innings. Cahill is 5-0 with a 2.04 in nine career games against the Dodgers, all starts, and is 1-0 with a 1.33 ERA in three starts against them this season.
--RHP Randall Delgado rebounded from his worst outing of the year for his first victory in six weeks Sunday, giving up two runs in six innings of an 8-2 victory over Colorado. The Rockies' only runs came on pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson's two-run homer in the fifth. "I felt good with my three pitches," Delgado said. "I had good location, too, even the home run. It was down in the zone. You can't do anything." Delgado (5-6) had not won since beating Boston on Aug. 2. He has given up 21 homers in 106 1/3 innings.
--Rookie 3B Matt Davidson hit his first major league home run in the fifth inning Sunday, a base-empty shot into the left field seats. It came on his 48th at-bat, and he followed that with a double to left field on at-bat No. 49. "You can see what he can do when he gets the bat on the ball. Very strong. He is starting to feel more comfortable, and that's why we are playing him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. Davidson hit 60 homers in the minor leagues in 2011-13, 17 at Triple-A Reno this season.
--Rookie SS Chris Owings, who is seeing time down the stretch after winning the MVP and the Rookie of the Year awards at Triple-A Reno, had his first major league RBI with an eight-inning single Sunday. "I want to give these guys some experience," manager Kirk Gibson said of Owings and fellow rookie SS Didi Gregorius. "K.T.' (D-backs general manager Kevin Towers) will have to make some decisions as the offseason approaches."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I knew it had been awhile. That's the way the game is. You just try to have good at-bats, and stuff like that kind of happens." -- 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who ended a home run drought of 83 at-bats with a two-run homer in the third inning of an 8-2 win over Colorado on Sunday, part of a four-hit, five-RBI game that pushed his NL-leading RBI total to 114.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP J.J. Putz (dislocated right pinky finger) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 24. He threw simulated games Sept. 12 and Sept. 14 and is expected to be activated Sept. 16.
--LHP Matt Reynolds (slight tear of left UCL) went on the 15-day disabled list June 10, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 3. He began playing catch the first week of August and threw his first bullpen session Aug. 27. He suffered a setback in a throwing session Sept. 12 when he felt soreness and was shut down, and he is to see a doctor Sept. 16 to go over a recent MRI.
--OF Cody Ross (dislocated, fractured right hip) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 12, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 2. He had season-ending surgery Aug. 13.
--RHP Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 20. He re-tore the UCL in his left elbow in his first minor league rehab start June 10. He underwent a second season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June.
LHP Wade Miley
LHP Patrick Corbin
RHP Randall Delgado
RHP Brandon McCarthy
RHP Trevor Cahill
RHP Brad Ziegler
RHP Heath Bell
RHP Josh Collmenter
RHP Will Harris
LHP Joe Thatcher
LHP Eury De La Rosa
RHP Chaz Roe
RHP David Hernandez
LHP Tony Sipp
RHP Matt Langwell
1B Paul Goldschmidt
2B Aaron Hill
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Martin Prado
INF/OF Willie Bloomquist
INF Cliff Pennington
INF Matt Davidson
INF Chris Owings
LF Adam Eaton
CF Tony Campana
RF Gerardo Parra
OF A.J. Pollock