Paul Goldschmidt drove in a career-high five runs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks top the San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Tuesday night in the Bay Area.
The Diamondbacks are still fighting hard to stay alive in the playoff race although with every St. Louis Cardinals victory hopes are fading quickly by the day. They do however want to finish the season on a high note and it seems the offense is finally starting to click.
Goldschmidt drove in three of his five runs in the third inning with a three-run homer off of former Cy Young Tim Lincecum. Goldschmidt has certainly had his way against the Giants' starter, in only 14 at-bats he has eight hits and five home runs against Lincecum.
"It's unexplainable his success against Lincecum," Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson told the Associated Press. "It's pretty amazing. Let's hope it will continue."
The other two RBIs Goldschmidt accumulated on Tuesday were a pair of sacrifice flies. He got the Diamondbacks on the board early in the first inning driving in Adam Eaton with a flyball to left field and then he added on to the Diamondbacks lead in the fifth inning with another sacrifice fly to drive in Aaron Hill.
"I don't know," Goldschmidt told MLB.com. "You look at the pitch I hit tonight — it was probably a little up, the wind kind of blows it back fair, it barely gets out. It's like I haven't hit a home run in a month, it's like a perfect storm. I wish I knew how to explain it; I'd try to do it more often."
Josh Collmenter was called upon to make the start for the D-backs in place of rookie Tyler Skaggs who is being removed from the starting rotation for the year. In his first start since July 27th, Collmenter only allowed one run in five innings of work. Collmenter has won his last three starts and improves his record to 5-3 on the season with the win Tuesday.
Tim Lincecum has desperately been trying to find his groove this year and with the loss Tuesday his record for the season falls to 10-15 with an unusually high ERA of 5.13. After winning his past two starts the Giants were hoping Lincecum was turning it on at the right time with the division clinched and the playoffs only weeks away. Question marks still surround Lincecum heading into October after surrendering seven hits and seven runs in just four innings against the D-backs.
"It was a matter of me not hitting my spots and making it pretty tough on him back there with all the stuff I'm throwing in the dirt, pitches at the head," Lincecum told the Associated press when referring to rookie catcher Hector Sanchez. "It was a pretty erratic day."
Aaron Hill was key catalyst to the D-backs offense on Tuesday with three hits and set the table nicely for Paul Goldschmidt's big night. Hill scored three of the Diamondbacks' seven runs on Tuesday and continues to be one of the most consistent hitters in the lineup.
The Diamondbacks have now scored over five runs in six of the past seven games and hope to continue the trend Wednesday although it should be much tougher against Giants starter Matt Cain. Cain is 15-5 this season and boasts a 2.86 ERA which is sixth best in the National League. The Diamondbacks will counter with their top pitcher this year in rookie Wade Miley. Miley has a team leading 16 wins and a 3.25 ERA this year.
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