Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit his 33rd double of the season in Monday's 9-1 win over the Miami Marlins. According to the team's official Twitter account, that set a new franchise record for most two-baggers before the All-Star break.
The record-setting hit came in the fourth inning of Monday's game, when Goldschmidt smacked a double to right-center field, scoring rookie outfielder David Peralta from third base.
While the double itself was impressive, it didn't have much impact on the outcome, as the Diamondbacks already held a 6-0 lead at that point. Goldschmidt's RBI pushed it to 7-0.
According to Dave Zorn of 24/7 Sports, the Diamondbacks' previous record holder for most doubles before the All-Star break was Luis Gonzalez, who hit 32 prior to the Midsummer Classic back in 2003.
Widely regarded as the most prolific hitter in the franchise's brief history, Gonzalez is the Diamondbacks' all-time leader in batting average (.298), home runs (224), doubles (310), RBI (774) and runs (780), among other categories.
Though he has a comfortable lead in most of those categories, Gonzalez will likely see many of his franchise records fall to the 26-year-old Goldschmidt, who already has 80 home runs, 292 RBI, 279 runs and 121 doubles through just 443 career games.
Assuming he stays in Arizona for the long haul, Goldschmidt—owner of a .294/.382/.526 career slash line—is well on his way to stealing Gonzalez's title of best hitter in Diamondbacks history.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!