It's safe to say that the past two days have been the biggest in Paul Goldschmidt's young life. On Monday, the 23-year-old made his major league debut after getting called up from the minors by the Arizona Diamondbacks for their current series against the San Francisco Giants.
The rookie slugger was the only D-Backs batter to score against Lincecum last night, as the long-haired lefty kept things scoreless both before and after Goldschmidt's home run in the fifth frame. Lincecum earned only three hits overall, striking out eight players in seven innings of work. It was only after Giants relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez got the ball in the eighth that Arizona broke the game open.
In that inning, Upton staged a two-out, two-run homer to left that scored Kelly Johnson to make the score 4-1. Ryan Roberts and Gerardo Parra then unleashed RBIs in the final frame to add some extra salt to San Francisco's wounds.
The Diamondbacks and Giants are now tied atop the NL West standing with identical record of 61-49. And as impressive as this series, not to mention Goldschmidt's rise to glory, has been to watch, there's still one more game to be played before Arizona returns home to Chase Field. While the Snakes have already won the series itself, the winner of this afternoon's contest will grab ahold of first place (albeit temporarily).
Right-hander Jason Marquis (8-5, 3.95 ERA) will face off against the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong (8-1, 2.23) as the Diamondbacks go for series sweep in a few hours. First pitch is at 12:45 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. For more information, see www.dbacks.com.