D-Backs Chatter: Goldschmidt Heats Up; Jay Added to Roster
The Diamondbacks are coming off their toughest loss of the season -- 5-4 in 10 innings at San Francisco. The Diamondbacks had been unbeaten this season when leading going into the eighth. Now they are 29-1.
"It's a tough loss," manager Torey Lovullo said. "We've been in these situations before where we absorb a moment like that, where you don't expect that type of outcome. But we've been resilient enough to come back, and that's what I'll be very anxious to see."
Paul Goldschmidt, who has been in a season-long funk, showed signs of life in the series in San Francisco this week. Is he on a roll or was it just another strong series in San Francisco, where he has a .333 career average with 11 home runs in 65 games?
The D-Backs hope it's the rise of Goldsmith, who after seeing his batting average dip below .200 on May 22, has begun to hit more balls hard and, just as important, has begun to spray them around the diamond like he had in the past. On Wednesday, he tied career-highs with four hits and three doubles. In his past 12 games, he’s hitting .362 with nine extra-base hits.
“The at-bats and swings were definitely better,” he said. “I don’t know if I’d call it a groove, but definitely it was a lot better, the last two days especially. Even that first game wasn’t that bad, even though I struck out a couple of times. I was able to swing at better pitches and take a few more good swings. I think the goal is to try to continue that and be consistent with that.”
The D-Backs acquired Jon Jay from the Royals. It's a statement of their focus on winning the NL West, and given how tight the division has been, the D-Backs are convinced it's important to move quickly in hopes of separating from the rest of the divsion.
“With the way the division is shaping up,” Hazen said, “where every day matters more and more, we just felt like this was the right thing to do at the time.”
With outfielders A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. still on the disabled list – and with Pollock likely several weeks from a return – Jay, 33, figures to provide some help. He’s hitting .307 with a .363 on-base, and in parts of nine seasons in the majors he owns a .290 average and a .356 on-base.