Paul Goldschmidt Powers Arizona Diamondbacks to Victory
It has been a long couple of nights for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. First, on Tuesday, the two teams played 14 innings before the Diamondbacks were able to pull out a win. Then on Wednesday, rain delayed the start of the game by 46 minutes, but the Diamondbacks kept on rolling and pulled out a 10-3 win.
Paul Goldschmidt led the offense again on Wednesday this time with a grand slam. The four runs batted in brought his National League leading total up to 53. Starting pitcher Wade Miley gave up 11 hits but kept the game under control allowing just three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched. The Cardinals’ bullpen wrecked what was a good start by Joe Kelly. The lefty allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, but the bullpen was no relief at all as they promptly eight runs allowing Arizona to cruise to victory. The win upped the Diamondbacks lead in the N.L. West to 2 1/2 games over the Colorado Rockies. The Cardinals lead by the same margin in the N.L. Central
Goldschmidt has been red hot with the bat driving in at least one run in his last five games and 12 RBIs total in that span. He has been scoring runs as well with eight trips across home plate in five contests.
On Thursday evening, the Diamondbacks will wrap up this four-game series with the Cardinals with Ian Kennedy on the mound. He will go up against the red rookie Shelby Miller who is 6-3 on the season with an earned run average of just 1.82.