MILWAUKEE -- Despite hitting his second homer in five games, Paul Goldschmidt is still a long way from living up to his usual lofty standard.Goldschmidt brought the D-backs even at 1-1 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park, opening the second inning with his sixth homer, but the
MILWAUKEE -- Despite hitting his second homer in five games, Paul Goldschmidt is still a long way from living up to his usual lofty standard.
Goldschmidt brought the D-backs even at 1-1 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park, opening the second inning with his sixth homer, but the Brewers went on to complete a sweep with a 9-2 victory.
Sending the 2-2 pitch from Brent Suter over the wall in left was just the second homer in 34 games for Goldschmidt, who hit 168 homers over the previous six seasons, including 36 with 120 RBIs last year. He hit his first four homers this season in a five-game stretch from April 10-15.
"I'm not hitting enough balls hard," Goldschmidt said. "Mechanically, everything feels fine. But to think I'm going out there and just having bad luck, that's just not true, either. You've got to have good at-bats, you've got to hit the ball hard and consistently do that."
Goldschmidt hit .297 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 91 at-bats during April, but he was hitting just .096 with seven hits, one homer and two RBIs in 73 at-bats during May. In 49 games this season, he has 14 RBIs and is hitting .094 with runners in scoring position. The D-backs were 20-8 in March and April, but they are just 5-16 in May and have lost 13 of their past 14, including seven straight.
"I just need overall to play better," Goldschmidt said. "I haven't done a good job most of this year. There's no excuses, just got to do a better job."
Goldschmidt entered with seven homers in 22 career games at Miller Park, hitting .424 with 20 RBIs. The home run was his only hit in the series in nine at-bats. He walked twice, was hit by a pitch and struck out four times.
"As long as he's there, he's the guy their offense is centered around," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "If you stop him, you feel like you'll have a good chance of keeping runs off the board. He got us in the second inning -- he got Brent on a curveball. But past that, I thought Brent did a nice job the next two times of getting him, and his second at-bat was a big spot. We pitched him well all series. We did a nice job against him."
Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.