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Paul Goldschmidt Hits 3 Home Runs vs. Brewers in 2nd Game with Cardinals

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 30, 2019

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 29:  Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by third base coach Ron 'Pop' Warner #75 following a home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on March 29, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt smacked three home runs Friday as the Redbirds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Per MLB Stats, Goldschmidt made some history along the way:

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Paul Goldschmidt is the first player ever with a 3-homer game within his first two games with a team. h/t @EliasSports https://t.co/9tcoH4NZv9

Those homers weren't flukes, either. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com posted the impressive exit velocity numbers:

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Paul Goldschmidt's balls in play tonight: Home run: 105.0 mph Single: 104.9 mph Line out (centerfield): 107.3 mph Home run: 105.8 mph

The Cardinals and Brewers have engaged in an eventful two-game stretch.

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit two home runs in the first game, but Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain had the last laugh when he robbed Jose Martinez's game-tying home run attempt with two outs in the top of the ninth:

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😏 #NotToday https://t.co/RkKj1FrK4A

The 31-year-old Goldschmidt, who the Arizona Diamondbacks traded to St. Louis in the offseason, didn't have a great debut thanks to three strikeouts in the 5-4 loss. However, he decided to raise his teammate's two-homer performance with one more of his own the next day to lead the Cards to the win.

The six-time All-Star has hit 33 or more home runs four times and posted a .922 OPS or better on five occasions. The smooth fielder is also a defensive weapon as evidenced by his three Gold Gloves.

Goldschmidt looks like a great fit in St. Louis, where he may call home through the 2024 season after a recent contract extension. 

He'll return to the field Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET when the Cards play the Brewers for the third matchup of a four-game series.