Over the course of his career, Paul Goldschmidt has put up some noteworthy numbers against Milwaukee, but his performance tonight will be hard to top. The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman hit a pair of home runs–a grand slam and three run shot to help his team to a 10-0 victory over the Brewers.
“The first one they got two strikes on me with bases loaded, was just trying to put something in play, at least get the guy in from third hopefully,” Goldschmidt said. “Was able to get a slider kind of in the middle and hit it hard and it got out of there. Second one, it was more of a hitter’s count, 3-0 then 3-1 and just got a fastball in the middle and hit it hard.”
The seven runs driven in is a single-game career best for Goldschmidt, who is now batting .352 (52-230) with 18 home runs and 52 RBIs in 62 games against Milwaukee.
“It’s just back and forth, you face a team that many times there’s going to be games you have success and times they get you out,” Goldschmidt downplayed.
“Memorable, for sure,” manager Mike Shildt described of the effort. “That’s obviously a huge performance. Big at-bats, big times, big parts of the game. A lot of positives took place tonight, but that was clearly a big part of it–his at-bats. Made a nice play in the field too.”
Striking out seven batters with only two hits, Adam Wainwright (12-9) delivered six shutout innings before Ryan Helsely, Dominic Leone, and Genesis Cabrera combined to finish the shutout against the Brewers. The scoreless performance from the pitching staff was the 13th shutout of the season for St. Louis.
The win kept the Cardinals four games ahead of second-place Chicago, who won earlier in the day, in the National League Central.