Goldschmidt’s big night for D’backs in Miami highlights Marlins’ own lack of homers
It’s a pity the Marlins don’t turn their home run sculpture on for dingers by the visiting team, because the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt would have lit it up on Friday night. The Arizona first baseman walloped a pair of towering, two-run homers in each of his first two plate appearances against Miami’s Kevin Slowey, the second of which ended a 13-pitch battle that saw him foul off the previous six pitches. He collected a single and a double as well, and ended the night with four runs scored and four RBIs in the Diamondbacks’ 9-2 victory. Here’s a GIF of the first homer:
Goldschmidt now has seven homers in his last 11 games, including two on May 8, and 12 for the season, pushing him past Bryce Harper and into second in the league behind Justin Upton. He’s batting .338/.421/.656, having surpassed Harper’s league-leading slugging percentage tonight. It’s early in the season, but the 25-year-old slugger is making the five-year, $32 million extension to which the Diamondbacks signed him for 2014-2018 look very shrewd. As the Los Angeles Times‘ Bill Shaikin pointed out, the other first basemen in the NL West have combined for just 14 homers this year.
Goldschmidt is just the fifth player to hit multiple home runs at Marlins Park this year — only one of whom actually plays for the Marlins. As you’d expect, Giancarlo Stanton leads the majors in this category, but he has just three, and hasn’t played since April 29 due to a hamstring strain. The Reds’ Shin-Soo Choo, the Braves’ Evan Gattis and the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo are the other players with two homers at the park.
As a team, the decrepit Marlins have been outhomered at home, 21-8 including the three by the Diamondbacks tonight (the third by Eric Chavez, who went back-to-back with Goldschmidt’s first blast). They’ve been outhomered 21-15 on the road, but nobody cares, because there’s no psychedelic sculpture to activate when that happens. Seriously, Jeffrey Loria, use the damn thing before the taxpayers who funded your ballpark claim what’s rightfully theirs.