Paul Goldschmidt Sends D-Back Fans Home Happy
Paul Goldschmidt, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 25-year-old first basemen, has officially become a closer’s worst nightmare. On three occasions over the D-Backs’ recent eight-game home-stand, Goldschmidt stood in the batter’s box with the game on the line and delivered in a way his teammates have come to expect – blasting the ball over the fence.
Last night Goldschmidt led off the ninth inning with a game-tying home run that sent the Diamondbacks and Orioles into extra-innings. Then Goldschmidt again stepped to the plate leading off the 11th inning of a tied ball game and hit a first-pitch walk-off home run. The feat sent the fans at Chase Field into a raucous frenzy as Goldschmidt once again saved the day. He became the first Diamondback in franchise history to hit a game-tying home run and a walk-off home run in the same game. Goldschmidt also added to his MLB-leading record of six home runs in the ninth inning or later of a ballgame.
This is nothing new for Goldschmidt, his teammates and Diamondback fans, however the mighty first basemen was in a similar situation a mere four days before. On Friday, Aug. 9, the Diamondbacks allowed the Mets to tie the game at four in the eighth inning. With one out in the ninth inning, Goldschmidt stepped into the batter’s box and blasted a line-drive homer over the right field wall, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory.
In addition to Goldschmidt’s late-game heroics and earning his first All-Star appearance, he has put together a tremendous statistical season. Through 117 games, Goldschmidt has a .297/.390/.554 batting line and amassed 130 hits, 25 doubles, 29 home runs and 93 RBIs (third in the MLB). Throughout Goldschmidt’s three MLB seasons and during his four walk-off hits –including three home runs – he has worn Franklin’s CFX Pro batting glove at the plate. Continue watching Goldschmidt as he adds to his legacy in clutch situations and becomes a household name among MLB stars.
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