Goldschmidt hits 3 HRs in 2nd game with Cards

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MILWAUKEE — If St. Louis fans were already excited about their high-profile offseason acquisition, now they have to be ecstatic.

In his second game with the Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt hammered three home runs and drove in five, leading St. Louis to a 9-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Goldschmidt also had a fourth hit, a single in the second, after he just missed would could have been another homer when a soaring blast curled wide of the left-field foul pole and ended up in the third deck at Miller Park.

“There are times when you’re going to struggle,” Goldschmidt said after the game, trying his best to downplay his performance. “Sometimes you have success. I can’t really explain it. I pretty much try to do the same thing every day. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.”

According to Elias, Goldschmidt is the first player in MLB history to hit three home runs in either his first or second game with a team. His outburst came after a disappointing Cardinals debut on Thursday, when he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk.

“[Catcher Matt] Wieters was joking that he’s the comeback player of the day,”

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