If the Arizona Diamondbacks were facing an uphill battle or locked in a tight contest in 2013, there was only one place to go: the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. The evening of August 20th was no exception as the D’backs were in Cincinnati to take on the Reds in a critical four game set. The Snakes were defeated 5-3 in the first game of the series and were now seeing their playoff chances beginning to evaporate by the day. Once again, it was Goldy (and Patrick Corbin) to the rescue.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Martin Prado hit a solo home run to give Arizona the lead. The game stay at 1-0 until the top of the eighth. After Cliff Pennington struck out, Corbin, A.J. Pollock and Prado all singled to load the bases for Goldschmidt. Reds’ manager Dusty Baker then made a pitching change bringing in J.J. Hoover to replace Sam LeCure. With the count full, Goldy belted a screaming liner that cleared the left field fence to give the D’backs a 5-0 lead. The blast gave the future NL MVP runner-up 100 RBI’s for the season. Corbin went the distance for his 13th victory the only damage being Chris Heisey‘s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth as the D’backs prevailed by a score of 5-2. Unfortunately, Arizona would drop the next two games, putting another nail in the coffin for their playoff chances.