PITTSBURGH -- With 14 walks in his last 33 plate appearances, it's becoming clear that opposing pitchers are being awfully careful when facing D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
"I think we're entering a new era for Paul," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's getting pitched very selectively. They're not giving in to him. It's a challenge to him to remain selective, which he has been. We'll see if it continues. It hasn't been going on that long. Frankly, I'm a little surprised it hasn't started earlier. "
Starting with the second game of the Giants series on June 21, Goldschmidt is 1-for-19 at the plate to go with those 14 walks. The Giants and then the Padres made it clear that someone else in the lineup would have to beat them and not Goldschmidt.
In the three games this past weekend against the Padres, Goldschmidt drew seven walks in 12 plate appearances, which tied a franchise record for walks in a series. Goldschmidt said after the game that he wasn't sure he was being pitched around.
"I think I've done a better job of not swinging out of the zone and then at times being aggressive in the zone," Goldschmidt said. "I think that's led to some of it. There's been some other times where there have been some intentional walks and stuff like that. It's just part of it. I think walks, like anything, kind of come in streaks.
"Same thing with homers, hits, or wins, or whatever it is. You may not do it for a couple weeks and then all of a sudden they come in a wave and they can't really be explained, but that's just something that I've noticed."
Gibson said the players hitting behind Goldschmidt will need to make opposing teams pay for the strategy if Goldschmidt is to start getting pitched to more.
"It can be frustrating for hitters, from what I've known throughout the years, but he's done well in all situations for us and I think he'll figure it out," Gibson said of Goldschmidt. "Also, it puts a lot of pressure on the guys behind him. They're going to have to pick up the pace for the team."
Goldy pulling away from pack as ASG voting nears end
PITTSBURGH -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continued to widen his lead in the National League All-Star Game balloting, according to the totals released on Tuesday.
Goldschmidt has 2,582,955 votes, which is a whopping 1,152,560 ahead of Milwaukee's Mark Reynolds, who overtook Adrian Gonzalez for second place.
Last week Goldschmidt led Gonzalez by 722,877.
Tuesday was the final time voting updates were released before rosters are announced on Sunday. Should Goldschmidt maintain his lead, he would become the first D-backs position player to start an All-Star Game since outfielder Luis Gonzalez in 2001.
There has been a massive get-out-the-vote campaign in Arizona with D-backs fans holding voting parties. Voting was also a focus on recent team broadcasts
"The Diamondbacks have been doing a great job of getting the vote out," Goldschmidt said. "The fans have obviously been voting, so I'm very appreciative of that. It's awesome that they think that highly of me and are out there and supporting us."
Goldschmidt was selected as a reserve in last year's All-Star Game and while he does appreciate the support, he does not keep track of the voting until he's asked about it by the media.
"It's not something I'm following every day," Goldschmidt said. "Whenever the votes get tallied up, if I'm fortunate to win I'll be excited about it. If not, well that's good too."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Owings' MRI shows no structural damage in shoulder
PITTSBURGH -- The D-backs got some good news on the injury front when a Monday MRI taken of shortstop Chris Owings' left shoulder showed no structural damage.
"He's got a bruised shoulder," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's pretty good news. He won't hit for about a week probably. He'll do everything else. He'll throw and he'll do his running and stay in shape. Probably in about a week he'll start hitting again."
Owings will likely need a short rehabilitation assignment, but could be ready to return not long after he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
Meanwhile, in other injury news, slugger Mark Trumbo, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot, was scheduled to serve as the designated hitter in an Arizona League game Tuesday for the first time.
Gibson said if all goes well, Trumbo might be able to progress to Triple-A Reno early next week and having him back right after the All-Star Break is not out of the realm of possibility.
Right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who is on the DL with a sprained UCL in his right elbow, has not yet started throwing, but is expected to do so soon, Gibson said.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.