Goldschmidt aims to reward Gibson's faith

Goldschmidt aims to reward Gibson's faith

Goldschmidt aims to reward Gibson's faith
WASHINGTON -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said recently that he felt like first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is on the verge of breaking out of his offensive funk.

"I'd like to make him look right, I really would," Goldschmidt said before Tuesday's series opener with the Nationals.

Goldschmidt did just that in a 5-1 win over Washington on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Goldschmidt was called up from Double-A Mobile last Aug. 1, and was a key contributor for the D-backs in their run to the National League West title.

This year, though, it's been a struggle for him. The 24-year-old entered play Tuesday mired in a 1-for-18 slump, and he was hitting .193 with one homer, which he hit on Opening Day.

"I feel better," Goldschmidt said. "The last couple of games have been better. I've hit some balls hard, which has been nice. I feel like there's been some games obviously that haven't been pretty for me, but I don't think there's ever been a time where I've felt awful. There have been times I've felt a little off here or there. I haven't been consistent. That's the main thing -- good swings here and there, bad swings here and there. To have that in this game is not good."

Gibson said he liked what he's seen of Goldschmidt in the batting cage.

For his part, Goldschmidt said he could not put his finger on exactly what the difficulty was.

"When you're struggling, it's not one thing," Goldschmidt said. "It's just part of the game. Everyone goes through it. It happens, and you have to just keep battling and find other ways to help the team. It could be a walk, defense, baserunning, moving a runner over with a quality at-bat, or be ready to come off the bench if you're not playing. You can't get frustrated. You have to try and find other ways to help the team."