ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Paul Goldschmidt gets things started early for D-backs in Game 2 of NLDS

Oct 7, 2017, 6:59 PM | Updated: 7:29 pm

The Arizona Diamondbacks needed an early spark Saturday after losing Game 1 of the NLDS.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt made it happen.

Following an A.J. Pollock walk, Goldschmidt stepped up to the plate and let one fly, getting the D-backs on the board first.

Thanks to his first-inning jack, the D-backs took a 2-0 lead early in Game 2.

With this last home run, Goldschmidt now has four homers in seven career postseason games, including two in 2017.

He also ties Luis Gonzalez for the second most in D-backs franchise history with four home runs, trailing only Chris Young (5).

His 11 RBI in the postseason is third in franchise history, behind Steve Finley (14) and Gonzalez (12).

At Dodger Stadium, Goldschmidt has been solid. Since 2011, he has 15 homers and 40 RBI, the most by a visiting player.


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Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrates after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, left, and first baseman Cody Bellinger celebrate after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, right, and relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrate after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, and relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrate after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jimmie Sherfy is taken out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill fires up the crowd during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor watches his RBI-single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Ketel Marte against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Fields throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury, left, rounds the bases after a three-run home run past Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Ketel Marte against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury celebrates in the dugout his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury hits a three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury watches his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jorge De La Rosa throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Yasiel Puig during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after hitting a RBI-single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jimmie Sherfy is taken out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner gets hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Yasiel Puig during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jorge De La Rosa throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws against Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes watches his two-RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Logan Forsythe watches his RBI-single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Logan Forsythe celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a wild pitch during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Logan Forsythe scores on a wild pitch during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig's glove and hat sit in the dugout as Enrique Hernandez bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta, right, can't get a glove on a wild pitch to Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, right, celebrates his two-run home run with A.J. Pollock against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta, right, can't get a glove on a wild pitch to Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig's glove and hat sit in the dugout as Enrique Hernandez bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks warm up before Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Fresh bases are set out before Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) A Los Angeles Dodgers fans watches during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt celebrates after after a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt hits a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks warm up before Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. 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