"When you think about the Diamondbacks, you think about 'Goldy,'" Prado said.
Paul Goldschmidt's second walk-off hit of the season was a no-doubter Tuesday, a long home run off the batter's eye in straightaway center field on the first pitch he saw leading off the inning in a 3-2 victory over Miami. He also beat the Los Angeles Dodgers with a walk-off single April 14.
"Any way you can win. Walk-off. Blowout. Come from behind. Guys are just playing hard 'til the end trying to win games," he said.
Goldschmidt has 17 home runs, a National League-high 62 RBIs and seems to be a lock to play in the All-Star Game exactly four weeks hence.
Although it might be hard to convince the Marlins, Goldschmidt was in a 4-for-39 funk entering the series. He had struggled since beating St. Louis with a game-winning single in the 14th inning of a 7-6 victory June 4.
The skid did not bother Goldschmidt -- a player guy who leads the National League in RBI ratio (one every 4.2 at-bats), is third in home runs and is tied for fourth with 34 extra-base hits is not easily deterred.
"Obviously the results weren't there, but I was hitting some balls hard and having pretty good at-bats. I just wanted to stick with what I've been telling myself all year and just try to keep having good at-bats and not focus on the results," he said.
"It's the same thing when you are going good. Just try to get a good pitch to hit, hit it hard and find some holes. It is all part of it. We all know there are going to be ups and downs, results-wise. I was swinging at the right pitches for the most part. No one is going to be perfect out there. Just missed some balls. Hit some right at people. Then obviously guys make good pitches as well. You try not to get too frustrated and try to stick with the approach that has worked."
The D'backs also won Wednesday, 3-1 over Miami, even though Goldschmidt went 0-for-3.
NEXT: Friday—Reds (Johnny Cueto, 4-0, 2.08) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley, 4-6, 4.64)
OF Cody Ross' three-run, pinch-hit home run Wednesday came a day after he spent three hours in an eye doctor's office attempting to resolve a vision issue that had bothered him off-and-on throughout the season, his first in Arizona. "To be honest with you, I was going up there with blurry vision half the time I was at the plate. It's hard enough to hit in this league when you have good vision. You don't want to make excuses, but it's a true story. It was tough," said Ross, who said he could not keep his contacts moist and was going through a vial of eye drops a game. "I've played most of my career on the East Coast. I've always noticed when I've come out on the West Coast it's a little different as far as irritation goes, but it was nothing that I really worried about. Here lately, I was concerned. My dad was suggesting I should get lasik." Ross, slowed by a calf injury in spring training, is hitting .257 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 55 games.
RHP Trevor Cahill was removed from Wednesday's game with a contusion to his right hip three pitches into the second inning after being struck by a line drive to end the first. "I couldn't really push off that much. Stride was a little bit shorter," Cahill said. "I was using more arm. I felt like I could have pitched through it, but this early in the year, there is a lot of risk of changing my arm slot or something." Cahill said he expects to make his next scheduled start Tuesday in Washington at the start of 19-games in 19-days stretch. With an off day Thursday, he'll have an extra day to recover. The D'backs could use him. Their starting corps is already thin, with RHP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) on the disabled list and RHP Ian Kennedy three games into is 10-game suspension for his part in a June 11 brawl against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
RHP Randall Delgado is in line to make his second start of the season Sunday and seems the obvious choice, but the D'backs were not ready to make it official following his strong first start Tuesday, when he gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings. "It's possible Deglado could go, but we haven't announced it," manager Kirk Gibson said. Delgado struck out six and did not walk a batter while throwing 91 pitches. The D'backs are thin in the rotation with RHP Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list and RHP Ian Kennedy serving a 10-game suspension that will keep him out until June 29.
3B Eric Chavez (oblique) is tentatively scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno on Monday, manager Kirk Gibson said. Chavez has been on the disabled list since May 31 after suffering his injury on a swing in the first inning the night before in Texas. "He is doing pretty good," Gibson said. Despite missing almost three weeks, Chavez remains second on the D'backs with 25 RBIs. Inserted in the cleanup spot in early May, Chavez provided valuable lineup protection for No. 3 hitter 1B Paul Goldschmidt.
2B Aaron Hill (left hand) was 4-for-12 with two RBIs in his first three rehab games at Triple-A Reno, hitting run-scoring singles in the first two games. "He's coming along. We have to get him in shape, though," manager Kirk Gibson said. "You try to keep them in shape, and they then start running the bases and playing the field, it is a lot different." Hill has been on the disabled list since April 16, seems at least a week away.
LHP Wade Miley will make his 15th start of the season against Cincinnati on Friday, pitching on five days' rest after an off day Thursday. Miley has given up eight home runs and won only once of his last seven starts, although he has made quality starts in each of his last three appearances. He has split two career starts against Cincinnati with a 4.26 ERA.
RHP J.J. Putz (right elbow strain) allowed one run in one inning Wednesday during his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Reno. There's a chance he could be activated by the end of the month.
"I couldn't really push off that much. Stride was a little bit shorter. I was using more arm. I felt like I could have pitched through it, but this early in the year, there is a lot of risk of changing my arm slot or something."—RHP Trevor Cahill, who was removed from Wednesday's game with a contusion to his right hip three pitches into the second inning after being struck by a line drive to end the first.
2B Aaron Hill (fractured left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 15. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on June 15, and he will be re-evaluated after the June 19 game.
RHP Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 20. He began a rehab assignment June 4 with Double-A Mobile, but he left after two innings due to elbow stiffness. He re-tore the UCL in his right elbow June 10 and will need a second Tommy John procedure before he can return, setting him back at least another 12 months.
CF Adam Eaton (torn left elbow ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. An MRI revealed a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. He began a rehab assignment as the designated hitter for Triple-A Reno on May 3, then moved to Class A Visalia on May 11. He returned to Reno on May 20. He played in the outfield for the first time at Visalia on May 17 but felt pain in his elbow that was ruled to be just an irritation with no structural damage, according to the team. An MRI exam showed fluid on his elbow, and Eaton received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews that surgery was not necessary. He appeared in 16 minor league games before being shut down. A second opinion by specialist Dr. James Andrews confirmed the D-backs' diagnosis that he will not require surgery. Eaton has been hitting in intrasquad games and has been throwing lightly from 75 feet. He began a new throwing program June 10.
LHP Matt Reynolds (left elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 10. An MRI exam revealed a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. A second opinion from specialist Dr. James Andrews confirmed the D-backs' diagnosis that no surgery is required, but he is expected to miss two to three months.
RHP Brandon McCarthy (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 31. An MRI exam on June 3 revealed a recurrence of McCarthy's perennial stress fracture of his right scapula. McCarthy played catch on flat ground June 17 and remains on track to return in early July. Unrelated to his elbow, McCarthy suffered a seizure on June 3, but he was subsequently cleared to resume his rehabilitation.
3B Eric Chavez (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list May 31. He could be back by the All-Star break.
RHP J.J. Putz (right elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 8. He was diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament, but he is not expected to need surgery. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on June 19, and there's a chance he could be activated in late June.
RHP Trevor Cahill
LHP Wade Miley
LHP Patrick Corbin
RHP Randall Delgado
RHP Ian Kennedy (suspended)
RHP Heath Bell (closer)
RHP David Hernandez
RHP Brad Ziegler
LHP Tony Sipp
RHP Josh Collmenter
RHP Will Harris
LHP Joe Paterson
1B Paul Goldschmidt
2B Martin Prado
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Willie Bloomquist
INF Cliff Pennington
UT Josh Wilson
LF Jason Kubel
CF Gerardo Parra
RF Cody Ross
OF A.J. Pollock
OF Eric Hinske