Goldschmidt even keel amid hitting streak
First baseman maintains approach as 17-game string ends
ARLINGTON -- Paul Goldschmidt's 17-game hitting streak came to an end Tuesday, but the D-backs first baseman did not lose any sleep over it.
"Not that much," Goldschmidt said when asked how much he thought about the streak while it was happening. "Obviously at times it creeps into your head, but I didn't want to think about it. It wasn't that important to me at all. I just had the same approach every day. I just tried to do what I could to help us win like I do every other day."
Goldschmidt was 26-for-62 during the streak for a .419 batting average.
After a slow start to the year, Goldschmidt began to take off from April 30 on. He was hitting .185 at that time before hitting .333 in the 35 games since to raise his average to .288, entering Wednesday.
"I felt good for a few weeks," Goldschmidt said. "I felt not that bad earlier when I was struggling too. There were pitches that I was fouling off or just missing. That was the main difference. I think that's just part of the game. Now luckily, I've been hitting them hard instead of fouling them straight back."
Hudson puts in extra work between starts
ARLINGTON -- For D-backs starter Daniel Hudson, the waiting this week is the hardest part.
Hudson lasted just 1 2/3 innings while allowing six runs in his start last Friday, and his turn in the rotation is not up again until Thursday's finale with the Rangers.
"It stinks," Hudson said. "We won the game, which is the most important part, but I've never thrown under two innings before in my career, so to just sit around for six days with the off-day and think about it is kind of tough."
Hudson has hardly just been sitting around, though. He threw his normal between-start bullpen session Sunday, and because he has an extra day between starts this time around, he threw another shorter bullpen session Tuesday.
Still not satisfied with where he was at, Hudson was in the visitor's bullpen by himself Wednesday afternoon going through his windup and follow through without a ball.
"Doing stuff without a ball sometimes helps you just get back to basics, and all of a sudden something can click from there," Hudson said. "I don't know if it's going to work or not, but I figured I would give it a try and see if I could figure something out."
Hudson missed six weeks due to an impingement in his shoulder and pitched well in his first two starts after being activated from the disabled list.
Then came Friday's debacle, which has spoiled the last five days for him.
"I got pretty gassed there towards the end, and stuff was coming back over and running up and away," Hudson said of that outing against the A's. "I just couldn't make a pitch and get out of it. It is what it is. It's just a bad start and my teammates picked me up."
D-backs third basemen have combined to hit .220 this year, tied for 13th in the National League with the third sackers for the Cubs.
Ryan Roberts has been the team's primary third baseman, with Josh Bell also getting starts over the last month.
"Ryno's played well," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Josh, I think, it's taken him some time to find some rhythm. I haven't played him as much. He's put a lot of work in, a little anxious at the plate. I think I look at it, though, in a different way than maybe you do. You're probably looking at strictly the numbers-wise, and maybe comparing it to other people. I'm just trying to get our team to jell to all be pulling in the same direction and from that standpoint, they're both very much on board and doing very well at that."
In looking back over how quickly things unraveled for Ian Kennedy in the sixth inning Tuesday night, Gibson said maybe his right-hander needed to mix things up a little more.
"I think one of the things last night with Ian, the third time around they started to get on his changeup a little bit," Gibson said. "They stay on the ball, they don't pull off the ball."
The D-backs said that the mound at Rangers Ballpark was flatter than at most places, and catcher Miguel Montero said it took Kennedy a little time to get comfortable with it.
"It is a flat mound," Gibson said. "It reminds me of the one at old Tiger Stadium. It's a little different, but Colby Lewis liked it. Threw well off it."