Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt hit a rather remarkable milestone on Friday, becoming just the second franchise player to record at least 200 career home runs with the team. The historic blast came in the first inning of Friday’s game against the Giants, when Chris Stratton lobbed a 91.1-MPH fastball that was returned over the right field fence for a solo shot to tie the game 1-1.
The solo home run was also Goldschmidt’s 24th of the year, good for fifth-most in the National League and just a dozen shy of matching his career-high 36-homer record. Entering Friday’s game, he touted a .275/.382/.515 batting line, 48 extra-base hits and an .897 OPS through 479 plate appearances.
With 200 career home runs spanning eight seasons, all of which came in a Diamondbacks uniform, the 30-year-old first baseman is now chasing the franchise record for career home runs that was established by former MLB outfielder Luis Gonzalez in 2005. Gonzalez spent eight seasons of his 19-year career in Arizona and recorded 224 home runs with the team before finishing his time in the majors with a couple of one-year stints for the Dodgers and Marlins. He struck his 200th home run for the team in July 2005 on a solo shot off of the Cubs’ Sergio Mitre.
Goldschmidt may not have another 24 home runs left in the tank this season, but there’s no doubt he’ll eclipse that record come 2019. The D-backs rounded out the first inning with another four runs to take the lead and currently hold a 6-1 advantage over the Giants in the third inning.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.
“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.