The home run derby came a day early for Kirk Nieuwenhuis who proved to be a one-man wrecking crew against the Arizona Diamondbacks in its series finale Sunday against the New York Mets.
Nieuwenhuis entered the game batting a mere .111 with no home runs and promptly went 3 for 3 with three home runs to lead the Mets to a 5-3 win and a series sweep.
Nieuwenhuis had a chance to become the 17th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game but D-backs reliever Andrew Chafin found his weakness with a strikeout in the seventh.
Not to be outdone by Nieuwenhuis, Paul Goldschmidt hit his 21st home run of the season in the fourth inning to cut the Mets lead to 4-2.
Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa lasted 3.2 innings giving up four runs on eight hits. He struck out two, walked two and gave up two of Nieuwenhuis’ home runs.
Below we take a look at the Diamondbacks’ loss, by the numbers.
Nieuwenhuis became the 10th player in Mets history to hit three homes in a game, but the first to do it at home.
Before hitting his 21st home run in the fourth inning, Goldschmidt went 15 games without a home run. His last home run came on June 24 in a 8-7 win over the Colorado Rockies.
The Diamondbacks and Mets combined for nine home runs in the last two days — four Saturday and five on Sunday. The Mets hit three on Saturday and four on Sunday. In addition to Goldschmidt home run Sunday, the Diamondbacks got a two-run shot from David Peralta Saturday.
The Diamondbacks were 1 for 4 with runners in scoring position and left four runners on base.
Sunday’s loss marked the sixth time this season the Diamondbacks have been swept.
On three occasions this season, the Diamondbacks have responded to being swept in its previous series by sweeping its next opponent. Look out Giants.