The Tony La Russa era is off to a glorious start in Arizona. Hours after the legendary manager was named the team's chief baseball officer, the Diamondbacks and NL MVP runner up Former Buc 2008 Paul Goldschmidt lit up Clayton Kershaw for seven earned runs on six hits in only 1 2/3 innings.
Goldschmidt led the charge with four hits and six RBIs. That included a pair of home runs, the first of which brought D-backs fan and U.S. Sen. John McCain out of his seat. Goldschmidt would also cap the scoring with a homer off Dodgers backup catcher Drew Butera in the eighth. The two-run blast established a franchise record for runs in a single game as Arizona triumphed 18-7 over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Also notable, the start was the second shortest of Kershaw's career. On May 4, 2010 he lasted just 1 1/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the second inning alone, Arizona hit three triples against Kershaw (Cliff Pennington, A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings). It was the first three-triple inning in Arizona franchise history, and it also put the usually dominant Kershaw into a dubious category.