LOS ANGELES -- For the second time this postseason, Paul Goldschmidt made sure the D-backs were playing with an early lead. Goldschmidt sent left-hander Rich Hill's 89.6-mph fastball over the left-field wall for a two-run lead in the first inning -- before the Dodgers rallied for an 8-5 win in
LOS ANGELES -- For the second time this postseason, Paul Goldschmidt made sure the D-backs were playing with an early lead. Goldschmidt sent left-hander Rich Hill's 89.6-mph fastball over the left-field wall for a two-run lead in the first inning -- before the Dodgers rallied for an 8-5 win in Game 2 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.
Hill had issued a one-out walk -- with a couple pitches close -- to A.J. Pollock before serving up the homer. The walk was out of character.
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The homer, however, was way out of the park.
And for a moment, the D-backs had momentum.
"I got a fastball that was up a little bit and I was able to get it out of there," Goldschmidt said. "He's a good pitcher, so I was trying for a mistake and I was able to get one."
Homers off the Dodgers are common for Goldschmidt.
During the season, Goldschmidt hit. 288 with four homers and 13 RBIs against the Dodgers. For his career, it's .310, 28 homers and 90 RBIs. And at Dodger Stadium, he has batted .325 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs. That's the most homers at any opposing park, although he has 53 RBIs against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Home runs haven't been a problem for the D-backs in the first two games. In Game 2, they cut the difference to two runs in the seventh on Brandon Drury's three-run, pinch-hit shot of Brandon Morrow -- who didn't give up one in 45 regular-season games or Game 1. They hit four solo dingers off Clayton Kershaw in a 9-5 loss in Game 1. Scoring 10 combined runs in games started by Kershaw and Hill would normally be a source for pride.
"Those pitchers are good," Goldschmidt said. "We've put some good at-bats and scored some runs, but not enough. Hopefully we'll try to do a little bit better."
The D-backs are headed back to Chase Field on Monday for Game 3, hoping to keep their season alive.
"It'll be nice," Goldschmidt said. "Hopefully, we can play well and get some wins. We need them to avoid going three-and-done."
Goldschmidt recalled 2011, when he was just entering the Majors. The D-backs won the NL West and fell behind the Brewers, 2-0, in the NLDS, before returning home and winning two to tie the series. They fell at Milwaukee, 3-2, in 10 innings in the deciding fifth game.
"It's funny, it actually happened last time we were in the playoffs, my first year," Goldschmidt said. "The mindset is just try to win Game 3. It's kind of easy because you know you can't look past that. That's where your focus is. If you win that, you just move on to the next one."
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