PHOENIX -- A week into his Major League career, Paul Goldschmidt has been more a sponge than a first baseman.
"I'm just trying to pick up on anything I can," the 23-year-old said. "There's just a bunch of little things, whether it's hitting or defense or baserunning, that I'm trying to learn from all the guys."
After being called up last Monday, Goldschmidt recorded his first career hit off Matt Cain that night, and on Tuesday, he hit his first career home run off Tim Lincecum during a crucial series win over the Giants.
"That's probably the best part," he said of the race to win the National League West. "Being up here and so close to winning the division, it's going to be a battle for the rest of the year, so that's fun."
In 18 at-bats entering Sunday, Goldschmidt is hitting .222 with four hits, a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.
"You're not going to see that many mistakes up here, and they're just so much more consistent," he said. "You might get your one pitch to hit, foul it off, and then it's a battle from there."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said that the biggest adjustment to the big leagues comes off the field versus on.
"The first thing he's got to do is adjust to daily life in the big leagues," Gibson said. "Then you have to understand how they're going to pitch to you and you're going to have to make some adjustments at the plate and in the field.
"You can't teach a guy in a day."
Gibson irked by D-backs' baserunning mistakes
PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson wasn't happy before Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
He wasn't happy with his health, he wasn't happy with himself and he certainly wasn't happy with the way his team has been running the bases as of late.
"We've just got to play a better game," he said. "We've made several baserunning mistakes this series, and while I want them to remain aggressive, we have to do a better job understanding ...
"Like when [Ryan Roberts] went last night, that was not a smart play," he said about Roberts advancing to third on a close play after a wild pitch while down a pair of runs with an out in the ninth inning on Saturday. "You've got to stop doing that [stuff].
"We've got some work to do and we have to talk about some things," he continued. "The guys have to be smarter."
He also talked about running into a double play to end a seventh-inning rally on Friday night.
"[Sean] Burroughs got doubled off the other day and people can say, 'Oh, that was a tough one,'" Gibson said. "It's not tough. You're down by three runs or two runs, whatever it is, you don't get doubled off, end of story."
But the manager was not immune to criticizing himself.
"That's on me," he said about the number of ground balls that have been finding holes in the D-backs infield. "Those are types of things that I look at to get better at."
Gibson back in dugout after illness on Saturday
PHOENIX -- After leaving Saturday night's game early because of an illness, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson returned to the dugout on Sunday.
The 54-year-old said before Sunday's matinee against the Dodgers that the sickness was "something" with his stomach.
He left Saturday night's game early and bench coach Alan Trammell took the reins from there.
"I planned on it yesterday," he said about managing. "It kind of came on when I got here yesterday."
He said he watched some of the D-backs' 5-3 loss to the Dodgers from the clubhouse and the rest from his home.
"It doesn't matter," he said. "Let's move on."
Gibson has a career managerial record of 95-101 entering Sunday.
Anthony Fenech is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.