Goldschmidt's Walk-Off Homer Saves Arizona Diamondbacks Again in Win Over Miami Marlins
Paul Goldschmidt hit a walk-off solo home run to end the Diamondbacks' four-game losing streak in Tuesday night's 3-2 victory against the Miami Marlins.
With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth and former D-back Chad Qualls on the mound, Goldschmidt smashed a bomb to center, which just missed hitting Chase Field's enormous scoreboard.
Goldschmidt's 17th homer of the season was his second in as many days and gave Arizona its first win since Wednesday. He continues to lead the National League in RBI with 62 and hashtags: #GoldschmidtedOn, #GoldschmidtHappens, #VOTE4Goldy, #iBackGoldy, and #AmericasFirstbaseman.
Kevin Towers will be especially happy with Tuesday night's win, as it highlighted a few key components of the infamous Justin Upton trade.
After months of grounding out, Martin Prado finally hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to tie the game at two apiece, his first homer since April.
But even with the power from Goldschmidt and Prado, the D-backs continued to struggle at the plate and couldn't catch up to rookie Nate Eovaldi's (0-0, 3.00 ERA) 99 mile-per-hour fastball. Eovaldi allowed three hits and two runs in six innings pitched.
The other important piece of Kevin Towers trading Upton was prospect Randell Delgado (0-0, 4.00). Delgado took the suspended Ian Kennedy's spot on the mound, and put Kennedy's pitching to shame.
Delgado got himself into a little trouble in the fourth inning when Derek Dietrich roped an RBI triple and later scored, but other than that it was smooth sailing for Delgado. He finished with six strikeouts and gave up just those two runs in seven innings of work.
Delgado also managed to keep Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton dead silent, as Stanton did not record a hit. And, hopefully, this game is a sign that the Upton trade wasn't a total dud.
Relievers Brad Ziegler (3-1, 2.10) and David Hernandez (3-4, 3.94) pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and just waited for Goldschmidt to put on his cape and rescue the D-backs.
The Diamondbacks play the Marlins this afternoon at 12:40 and will put Trevor Cahill (3-8, 3.96) on the mound against Miami youngster Jose Fernandez (4-3, 3.11).