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Paul Goldschmidt homers in four consecutive games

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Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt homered again on Thursday afternoon, belting a solo shot off of Joe Musgrove in the fourth inning. He finished 2-for-3 in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win, polishing off a four-game series sweep.

The Pirates’ broadcast booth did not complain about Goldschmidt running up the score, thankfully.

Goldschmidt has now homered in four consecutive games, all against the Pirates. His OPS went from .759 to .794, now slashing .253/.340/.454 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI, and 62 runs scored on the season.

The record for consecutive games with a home run is eight, held by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long, and Don Mattingly. As impressive as homering in four consecutive games is, Goldschmidt is still only halfway towards the record.

With Thursday’s action in the books, the Pirates are now nine games out of first place in the NL Central while the Cardinals are tied with the Cubs in first place.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.