MLB Arizona Diamondbacks

Rookies Josh Collmenter, Paul Goldschmidt Step Up When Needed Most

Matt Kartozian, US Presswire

Back at the beginning of this year, Josh Collmenter and Paul Goldschmidt weren’t even on the big league roster, but you couldn’t tell with the way both performed last night on baseball’s biggest stage in front of a soldout crowd and millions watching on national television.

In the biggest start of his life, Collmenter continued on with his great pitching against Milwaukee this season. Before last night’s start, the right-hander threw 14 scoreless innings in two different starts back in July. Collmenter allowed only one run in last night’s game over seven innings.

The lone run came on a home run from Brewers outfielder Corey Hart back in the third inning. Other than that, Collmenter allowed only one more hit and two walks in 93 pitches to earn his first postseason victory of his career. Not too bad for a guy who was pitching for Reno in the beginning of the year.

Goldschmidt was just as important to Arizona’s first postseason win since the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs in 2007. The rookie would single in Miguel Montero in the first inning to give his team a 2-0 lead. Then in the fifth, Goldschmidt would hit a grand slam to the opposite field to put the game out of reach for Milwaukee.

His five RBI’s in one postseason game set tied a franchise record. Since sitting out Game One because of Lyle Overbay getting the start down at first, Goldschmidt is 3-for-8 with two home runs and six RBI’s. If Arizona can find a way to come back and win this series, you could argue that Goldschmidt has been the best player in this series.