Grit Index: Goldschmidt’s slam, stellar defense lead Miley, D-backs to win
Wade Miley wasn’t perfect by any means during his 6 2/3 innings of work (three runs on 11 hits) Wednesday night in St. Louis, but stellar defense from Didi Gregorius, Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt’s second grand slam of the road trip proved to be more than enough in the D-backs’ 10-3 blowout victory over the Cardinals.
For Miley, the win was his first since May 8, and his quality start broke a two-game stretch in which he allowed a combined 14 earned runs.
While Miley allowed at least one base runner in each of the seven innings he worked, the D-backs left-hander founded a way to get out of several jams, including inning-ending double play balls in the second and fifth.
With his blast in the seventh inning, Goldschmidt became the first D-back ever to record two grand slams in one road trip.
Back-up catcher Wil Nieves extended his hitting streak to seven games. He also scored two runs and drove in one.
Willie Bloomquist’s torrid start at the plate since coming off the disabled list continued Wednesday. The 35-year-old recorded two more hits and is now batting .611 through his first four games.
Umpire Jordan Baker’s blunder at third base led to a Cardinals’ rally and an Alan Trammell ejection Tuesday night, but he wasn’t quite done torturing the D-backs Wednesday night.
With two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Wade Miley induced what appeared to be an inning-ending, double play ball off the bat of Matt Carpenter. However, as the ball made its way towards Willie Bloomquist, it hit off Baker and went into right field for a single.
Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single, and Miley’s night was done after 6 2/3 innings.
He Said It
“You go through streaks where you feel good, but right now it feels like everyone time I’m up there’s two or three guys on. It’s a real credit to the guys at the top of the order.” — D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt
• Of Paul Goldschmidt’s NL-leading 53 RBIs, 45 have come in D-backs’ victories.
• Arizona’s 18 road wins are the second-most in the National League.
• With the loss, St. Louis dropped back-to-back games for the first time since April 28 and 29.
• The D-backs’ 10 runs Wednesday were the most they’ve scored in St. Louis since April 17, 2001.
The D-backs and Cardinals will wrap-up their four-game series on Thursday. Right-hander Ian Kennedy (3-3, 4.74 ERA) will look to win his second consecutive outing. He will be opposed by rookie right-hander Shelby Miller (6-3, 1.82 ERA) for the Cardinals. The game is scheduled for a 4:15 p.m. local start time and can be heard on Arizona Sports 620.