DENVER -- If not for D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the Phillies' Cliff Lee would have had a perfect August.
As it was, the left-hander captured National League Pitcher of the Month honors for August after allowing just two runs in 39 2/3 innings, with both of the tallies coming on Goldschmidt's homer against him on Aug. 17.
"Honestly, I didn't know," Goldschmidt said when he was told that he accounted for the only two runs against Lee. "I guess it's cool, but it doesn't really matter. He's obviously an amazing pitcher. They flash the stats up there every day at home and at a lot of the away parks, and darn him and [Roy] Halladay and [Cole] Hamels. The years they are having are pretty incredible."
Homering off elite pitching has been a trademark for Goldschmidt in his first month in the big leagues. In addition to Lee, the first baseman has taken Tim Lincecum deep twice and also homered off All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard.
"It's fun," he said of facing the game's best pitching. "It's fun playing every day no matter what."