Paul Goldschmidt is amazing.
Yes, you already knew that. But the Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman continued his unbelievable season Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Goldschmidt cracked a solo home run in the top of the second inning off of Dodgers starter Carlos Frias to tie the game at 1-1. Los Angeles would go on to win the game 4-1, but it doesn’t change the fact that the three-time All-Star loves visiting Chavez Ravine.
“America’s First Baseman” has now homered in four straight games at Dodger Stadium, tying a Diamondbacks franchise record set by Chad Tracy in 2005.
Tuesday, Goldschmidt followed A.J. Pollock’s solo home run in the seventh with a tater of his own, hitting a 2-1 slider from Chris Hatcher over the fence in right-center field. The blast gave the D-backs a 3-0 lead; they’d go on to win 8-0.
In Monday’s series opener, Goldschmidt connected with a Joel Peralta splitter, sending it off the foul pole in left field to extend Arizona’s lead to 6-2.
In a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on June 10, Goldschmidt provided another souvenir, hitting a two-run home run off of Brett Anderson in the top of the fifth inning.
This “ownership” of Dodger Stadium is nothing new for the 28-year-old slugger. He’s hit more home runs there than any other park he’s visited in his career, with 13. AT&T Park in San Francisco is next on the list — Goldschmidt has homered eight times there.
In 35 career games at the storied ballpark, Goldschmidt is hitting .359 (51-for-142) and has driven in 30 runs while posting a 1.089 OPS.
Goldschmidt has a chance to homer again in Thursday’s series finale at Dodger Stadium, but it won’t be easy. Lefty Clayton Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, will take the mound for Los Angeles. Goldschmidt has homered off of the ace twice in 33 career at-bats, including once this season — back on April 11.
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