Teammates gush as Goldy crushes Crew

Goldschmidt hits two home runs to lead D-backs over Brewers

Teammates gush as Goldy crushes Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Paul Goldschmidt will tell you that it's too small of a sample size to draw any conclusions from, but the fact is that D-backs first baseman absolutely rakes at Miller Park.

Goldschmidt was at it again Saturday afternoon, as he smacked a pair of home runs and drove home four as the D-backs beat the Brewers, 7-3.

In 11 games at Miller Park, Goldschmidt has hit .489 with nine doubles, six homers and 16 RBIs.

"I don't know, you're just looking at a few games so I don't really have the answer," Goldschmidt said when asked about why he hits so well here. "I was able to get a couple of good pitches to hit today, hit them hard and was able to get them out of there. But overall I think this is a pretty good hitter's park."

Of course, Goldschmidt hits well in just about every ballpark he plays in. Saturday's 3-for-5 performance raised his season average to .345 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs to go along with it.

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who was the beneficiary of Goldschmidt's offensive outburst, has been impressed with what he's seen in his first year as his teammate.

"He's unbelievable," Hellickson said. "I think he's the best player in the game, both sides of the ball. I know there are a few other guys out there who are really, really good. But I think right now he's the best out there."

Just don't try telling that to Goldschmidt, who deflected credit for his role in Saturday's win.

"Whenever we're going good it's taking definitely more than one person," Goldschmidt said.

Teammate Mark Trumbo, though, disagreed.

"He pretty much single-handedly won the game by himself today," Trumbo said. "I know there were guys on for him, but a three-run homer, solo homer, mixed in another hit, takes his walks. He's easily one of the most dangerous hitters in all of baseball and he's constantly learning and getting better. I think we're really fortunate to have him, and hopefully me and some of the other guys around him can continue to try to produce as much as we can so he keeps getting pitched to."

Goldschmidt's first homer led off the third inning, while his second was a three-run blast in the fourth -- both came off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.

The homer in the third came on a slider that caught too much of the plate, and the next one was on a fastball that Lohse left up. Neither pitch was where he wanted to throw them.

"Most of the times as a hitter when you're having success, you're hitting mistakes," Goldschmidt said. "It's tough to hit a good pitcher's pitch, I don't care who's out there, what's the velo, what type of pitch it is. So most of the time, not just me, but anyone really in baseball, if they're getting extra-base hits, it's going to be usually [on] a pitch that's middle of the plate and up a little bit."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.