PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt knew the questions were coming, but the D-backs first baseman still had no answer for why he has dominated Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum so thoroughly in his short career.
Goldschmidt was at it again Friday as he went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk against the two-time Cy Young winner. That brings his totals against Lincecum to 15-for-26 with seven home runs.
"He's a pretty patient guy," Lincecum said. "I'm not really executing pitches against him, which makes it really tough."
Goldschmidt singled the opposite way off Lincecum in the first, drew a walk in the fourth and doubled off the left-field wall in the sixth.
"I don't know," Goldschmidt said. "Got some pitches to hit today. Both of the pitches were kind of up in the zone, middle of the plate, and fortunately I was able to get those. I think that double was just out of [left fielder Michael] Morse's reach a little bit, you know, lucky right there. Just try to have good at-bats and sometimes there's guys you do well off of and sometimes there's guys that have your number."
Ask Goldschmidt for his exact numbers off Lincecum and you'll get a blank stare.
"Not unless someone says [them]," Goldschmidt said. "It doesn't matter. I mean, you go out there and you just try to have good at-bats. I know I've had success, but that can change at any second. There's guys that have success against me and hopefully I've got the attitude that I can change that next time I face them, so it's just one of those things. It's just part of the game, I guess. I really can't explain it."
While Goldschmidt tries to downplay it and Lincecum works to change it, Goldschmidt's Arizona teammates simply marvel at it.
"It's pretty impressive to watch," Aaron Hill said. "It is, but you don't want to take it lightly because in baseball it'll turn any moment. He is a great pitcher and he's had a great career and he's going to continue to have a great career. You don't want to make it sound like it's easy, because hitting is not easy and he's doing a great job with it."
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.