Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/8/13
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer Paul Goldschmidt looks right at home at Chavez Ravine. The Los Angeles Dodgers have to be pleased that he won't be there much longer. Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks go for the sweep Wednesday night when the last-place Dodgers try to avoid a season-worst seventh straight loss. After going 4 for 5 with a two-run homer and three RBI in Monday's 9-2 victory, Goldschmidt drove in three more in Tuesday's 5-3 win, including a tie-breaking two-run homer in the ninth. He's batting .457 (16 for 35) with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last nine games visiting the Dodgers (13-19). "(Goldschmidt has) been great since I put him in the No. 3 spot - he's done an exceptional job," said manager Kirk Gibson, whose team has won 14 of 19 at Dodger Stadium and 14 of 17 overall in this NL West matchup. Goldschmidt, though, is 1 for 14 with seven strikeouts - his most against any pitcher - versus Wednesday's scheduled starter Clayton Kershaw (3-2, 1.66 ERA). Kershaw, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner, might have delivered his best performance of the season in Friday's 2-1 loss at San Francisco, throwing seven innings of one-run ball just five days after his father passed away. "It was good to get back and have everything and commemorate his life," he said. "But it was good to get back to baseball, too." Kershaw, though, would probably appreciate a bigger cushion to work with. His 2.03 run-support average is among the lowest in baseball. Including a 3-0 road loss to Arizona on April 12 when the southpaw struck out nine in 7 1-3 innings. Los Angeles has been shut out in each of Kershaw's last three starts against Arizona. The injury-plagued Dodgers need to end that trend after falling six games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 30, 2011. Wade Miley (2-1, 3.06) will start for the Diamondbacks. The left-hander, who went 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers a year ago, is coming off two rocky starts. Miley walked a career-high seven in a 3-2, 10-inning win over Colorado on April 27, then yielded season highs of four runs and nine hits in Friday's 7-6 loss at San Diego. "I felt all right, I just wasn't executing pitches," Miley told the Diamondbacks' official website. "I've got to watch some video tomorrow and go from there." Matt Kemp, 3 for 6 with two homers off Miley, has hit safely in a season-high seven straight, but his lack of power (one home run) is a big concern. Adrian Gonzalez is a .474 hitter (9 for 19) off Diamondbacks pitching in 2013, and utility man Nick Punto is hitting .545 (6 for 11), including his first home run on Tuesday night. Arizona's Didi Gregorius, who had a career high-tying three hits on Tuesday, will try to extend his hitting streak to 11. The 23-year-old shortstop has committed just one error in 47 total chances since getting called up last month. "He's really doing it all," Goldschmidt said.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jerry Richardson selling Carolina Panthers amid investigation

Roy Williams honored late Pat Summitt during game at Tennessee

Burfict responds to Smith-Schuster's TD celebration

Antonio Brown taken to hospital for further evaluation

Cam Newton offers support for Panthers owner

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Captain Munnerlyn calls benching ‘slap in the face’

Report: Jerry Richardson would ask to shave women’s legs

Twitter reacts to Thomas Davis' dirty hit on Davante Adams

Randall Cobb splits defenders with sick move on catch-and-run TD

Eli Manning's two TDs against Eagles vault Manning family to 1,000 TDs in regular season

Stephen Strasburg says he may skip future All-Star games due to injury concerns

Top takeaways from NFL Week 15

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Five MLB teams that should trade for Manny Machado

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Eight NFL teams who simply need to start over

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker