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MLB: Quite the milestone for Goldschmidt

Power hitters, like Paul Goldschmidt, remember a lot of firsts: first home run, first grand slam and first time they eclipse the 100-RBI mark for a season. Goldschmidt already did the first two, so why not reach the century mark in style?

During the eighth inning of a 5-2 win by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Cincinnati Reds, Goldschmidt mashed a grand slam to stick 100 RBI on the nose. It was Goldschmidt’s third grand slam of the season, which set a team record.

Through 123 games, Goldschmidt is batting .297 with 31 home runs and 100 RBI. Goldschmidt leads the National League in RBI and is tied with Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the league lead in home runs.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XXV)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

When Paul Goldschmidt, a former slugger for the Texas State Bobcats, gets a hold of a pitch, there’s no doubt it will be a home run. Few people possess the raw power that Goldschmidt does and any fastball in his wheelhouse is going to travel a long way.

Goldschmidt took Chris Carpenter, of the St. Louis Cardinals, deep tonight at the new Busch Stadium. His 17th home run of the season soared 456 feet into the night and gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.

For the season, Goldschmidt is now batting .295 with 17 home runs and 62 runs batted in.

Note: Be prepared for a chance in format of these Goldschmidt Trackers.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XXIV)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

There are some pitchers that former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt just loves to hit against. Chris Capuano, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tim Lincecum, of the San Francisco Giants, spring to mind as to the pitchers Goldschmidt seems to dominate.

Might as well add Cliff Lee to that list.

Goldschmidt took Lee deep for the second time in his career this afternoon in a game with the Philadelphia Phillies. His 16th home run of the season led off the sixth inning and put Arizona up 4-3.

In the game, Goldschmidt finished 1-for-4. Goldschmidt is now batting .300 to go along with 16 HRs and 55 runs batted in.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XXIII)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Another game, another home run for former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt.

It was just another day at the office for Goldschmidt, as he took Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano deep in the first inning of Tuesday’s game. Goldschmidt now has 15 home runs in 2012 to go along with 53 runs batted in.

In 11 career plate appearances against Capuano, Goldschmidt has eight hits, two of which are home runs.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XXII)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt used to have poor numbers against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With games like Monday night, those numbers should pick up in no time.

Goldschmidt went 2-for-5, clubbed his 14th home run and knocked in three runs. His long ball — a three-run shot — came in the first inning off Dodgers’ starter pitcher Aaron Harang. As noted earlier on the front page of MLB.com, Arizona is now 13-1 in games that Goldschmidt hits a home run.

Here are Goldschmidt’s numbers through 90 games in 2012 — .292 AVG, 14 HRs, 51 RBI.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XXI)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Eight games after his last home run, former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt clubbed one Monday night against the Colorado Rockies. Goldschmidt now has 13 home runs in 2012 to go along with 46 runs batted in.

In the bottom of the second inning, Goldschmidt took Colorado starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez deep on the first pitch he saw. When Goldschmidt puts the first pitch of an at-bat in play, he is batting .528 with a slugging percentage of .889.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XX)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt doesn’t have great career numbers against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Coming into Sunday’s tilt, Goldschmidt only hit at a .206 clip with two RBI in those divisional games.

Those numbers got a hefty hike after Sunday’s game in Phoenix. Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with his 12th home run of the season and tied a career high with four RBI.

Prior to his home run against the Dodgers, Goldschmidt hadn’t belted one since June 29. Goldschmidt now has 12 home runs to go along with 42 RBI and a .302 average.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XIX)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Another day, another home run clubbed by former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt.

Goldschmidt belted his 11th home run of the season Friday night, as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-3. His long ball, a three-run shot, came in the third inning off Milwaukee starting pitcher Randy Wolf.

Not only did Goldschmidt homer, but he also doubled twice and fell a triple shy of the cycle. Goldschmidt collected a double in the second, home run in the third, single in the fifth, walked in the seventh, then laced a ball down the line in the ninth, which could have rolled into the corner, but a fan touched it on the way.

If Goldschmidt completed the cycle, it would have been the second one hit in the game by Arizona. Earlier in the game, Aaron Hill finished his second cycle of the season with a triple to right-center field.

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MLB: Goldschmidt’s Home Runs Personified

Ever want to know what a ball former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt hits for a home run says?

Well, you don’t need to wait any longer. @GoldyHRBalls on Twitter has the answer.

Just landed, ’twas a solid trip. Would celebrate but, well, it is the Cubs. #buhbye

Hey Paul, can you give a baseball a break? Yeesh, no rest for the weary these days. #buhbye

Recently I traded a few emails with the creator of the account. Here is the Q&A.

Q: When did you start the account?

A: Shortly after Paul was called up last August.

Q: What made Goldschmidt an ideal player to create an account about? Did you consider any others before jumping on the Goldschmidt train?

A: Honestly I figured it would be fun to have a “parody” twitter account, and noticed the attention Goldschmidt was getting as well as his propensity for hitting homers, so I thought it was a good fit. Can’t say I really considered doing any other parody accounts, this one was more of a right player, right time type of thing. Wanted to have a little fun with it and see if it could grow some. Which I have, and it has.

Q: As a fan, have you been impressed with what Goldschmidt has been able to do?

A: Yes, because rare is a player who comes to the Majors with a ton of hype who actually lives up to it. As a rookie he came to the D-backs and was exactly as advertised, only with a better glove than we thought. But he seems to have improved even more this year, and is not just someone who will hit home runs. No, he makes contact, which is the sign of a good hitter. It appears the D-backs finally have a first baseman, and it’s great to see.

Q: Fans have seemed to latch onto Goldschmidt quickly. Why do you think that is?

A: Well as the old commercial used to go, “chicks dig the longball.” Or, really, he’s a young player on a young team who is doing some pretty amazing things with the baseball. His home runs are the stuff of legends, whether it be the distance they’re hit or the situations in which they are hit (like grand slams in the postseason). He’s also a really humble guy, not at all the classic “arrogant” athlete. Of course, if he falls apart I have no doubt the fans will turn on him, but as of now he seems like the type of guy the fans will continue to cheer for.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XVIII)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Daily Record Photo).

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt has a little bit of speed to go along with his power.

Goldschmidt hit a stand-up triple Friday night, as well as his 10th home run of the season. His triple in the bottom of the fourth inning scored Jason Kubel to put Arizona up 6-2, then his home run in the sixth made it 8-5.

In total, Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Goldschmidt is now batting .290 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI.

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