Paul Goldschmidt achieved more personal milestones in the series opener and strives to continue his stellar campaign when the Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Francisco Giants on Saturday for the middle contest of their three-game set. The All-Star first baseman secured the third 30-homer, 100-RBI season of his career after belting a three-run shot in Arizona’s 4-3 victory on Friday.
Goldschmidt (101 RBIs) has recorded eight homers and 23 RBIs this month and has an opportunity to surpass his previous career bests of 36 blasts and 123 RBIs set in 2013. David Peralta is 6-for-9 with a walk over his last three games for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of their last five contests and hold a 1 1/2-game lead over Colorado for the National League’s top wild-card spot. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will try to cool down Goldschmidt and see if he can provide a boost to the Giants’ poor 5-19 road mark against NL West rivals. San Francisco, which has dropped four of its last six overall games, is a horrendous 21-43 away from home.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN Bay Area (San Francisco), FSN Arizona
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.87 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Taijuan Walker (6-7, 3.66)
Bumgarner is 2-0 over his last three starts as he tries to salvage a season interrupted by a dirt-bike accident in April. The 28-year-old is 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA in eight outings since coming off the disabled list and has issued fewer than three walks in each of them. Bumgarner is 9-8 with a 2.58 ERA in 28 career appearances (27 starts) against Arizona, including 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA in two 2017 outings.
Walker is winless in his last 10 starts (four losses) since defeating Colorado on June 21. The 25-year-old settled for a no-decision against the New York Mets in his last turn after scattering seven hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Walker is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season and 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA in four career outings.
1. Goldschmidt is the first player in Diamondbacks history with three 30-homer, 100-RBI campaigns, as former standout Luis Gonzalez registered a pair.
2. San Francisco 2B Joe Panik was activated from the seven-day concussion list and went 0-for-3 while INF Orlando Calixte was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
3. Arizona 3B Jake Lamb was hitless in three at-bats on Friday and is 3-for-21 over his last six contests.
PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2