St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had a huge game on Friday for his new club.  The All-Star hit his first, second and third home runs with his new team. 

After going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Opening Day, Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 with three home runs and five RBIs in his second game.  The fourth hit was a single that came after he hit a foul ball into the second deck and just missed his fourth homer of the game.

After the game Goldschmidt downplayed his monster performance, via ESPN:

“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.

Whatever he did on Friday it was working.  If Goldschmidt can bring a quarter of it with him every day then he’ll have a decent season this year and the Cardinals will be in the hunt for postseason play.

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