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Goldschmidt draws 2 more walks in 2-1 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm •  Published: June 29, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt is 1 for 19 in his last seven games, with 14 walks.

Half of those walks came in a three-game series against the Padres, who avoided a sweep by winning 2-1 Sunday.

"They pitched around Goldy all series and put it on the other guys. We didn't get enough runs, we didn't get enough contribution," manager Kirk Gibson said.

Rookie Odrisamer Despaigne won his second straight start and Cameron Maybin keyed a rare offensive outburst for the Padres, who popped out of their one-day stay in last place in the NL West.

Goldschmidt, a first-time All-Star last year who also won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards as well as the NL Hank Aaron Award, was 0 for 2 with two walks Sunday.

"I had some 3-2 counts. They made some good pitches, a couple of close pitches I was able to lay off of. It's one of those things," said Goldschmidt, who's hitting .296 with 47 walks.

Goldschmidt said there are a few reasons for all his walks.

"It's a combination. I have done a better job of not swinging out of the zone," he said. "At times, I have been aggressive in the zone. There have been some intentional walks. Walks, like anything, kind of come in streaks whether it's homers, hits or wins."

The Padres scored their most runs in four games. Through 81 games, they had scored one or fewer runs 27 times. They swapped places with the Diamondbacks, who had leapfrogged the Padres into fourth place after winning 3-1 Saturday night.

Despaigne (2-0), a 27-year-old who defected from Cuba last summer, held Arizona to one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walking four and striking out two.

In his big league debut last Monday, he held San Francisco to four hits in seven shutout innings, striking out one and walking none in a 1-0 win.

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