DENVER -- If not for D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the Phillies' Cliff Lee would have had a perfect August.
As it was, the left-hander captured National League Pitcher of the Month honors for August after allowing just two runs in 39 2/3 innings, with both of the tallies coming on Goldschmidt's homer against him on Aug. 17.
"Honestly, I didn't know," Goldschmidt said when he was told that he accounted for the only two runs against Lee. "I guess it's cool, but it doesn't really matter. He's obviously an amazing pitcher. They flash the stats up there every day at home and at a lot of the away parks, and darn him and [Roy] Halladay and [Cole] Hamels. The years they are having are pretty incredible."
Homering off elite pitching has been a trademark for Goldschmidt in his first month in the big leagues. In addition to Lee, the first baseman has taken Tim Lincecum deep twice and also homered off All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard.
"It's fun," he said of facing the game's best pitching. "It's fun playing every day no matter what."
Hernandez gets tossed for first time in career
DENVER -- David Hernandez was unable to hold an eighth-inning lead on Tuesday night against the Rockies, and his frustration boiled over while walking back to the dugout after being removed.
Hernandez was unhappy with a couple of pitches that he thought should have been called strikes by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor, and he let his feelings be known as he walked off the field.
Tichenor responded by ejecting Hernandez. It was the first time that the right-hander had been ejected in his career.
"I thought I threw a few offspeed pitches that I wanted. And granted, that's really not me. I really don't even show emotion, but when you lose a ballgame it kind of adds a little to it," Hernandez said.
At least one of the pitches in question came during Carlos Gonzalez's at-bat.
"You feel like if you can't get your offspeed pitches to be called strikes, then you've got to throw it more over the plate. And it went from there," Hernandez said.
Television cameras caught Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki shouting something from the Rockies dugout as Hernandez barked at Tichenor, but Tulowitzki said he was not yelling at Hernandez.
"No, not at all," Tulowitzki said. "I was fired up for myself, for the fact that I hit I go-ahead home run. I'm talking to my teammates, but I wasn't barking at him at all. I don't think it was my at-bat that bothered him. I think it was the previous at-bats. He got in some counts where he thought balls the umpires called were strikes. Sometimes your emotions get the best of you in this game, and I would guess that was kind of his case."
Miley looking for more efficiency in early innings
DENVER -- D-backs rookie starter Wade Miley is not sure why he finds himself in trouble early on in his starts.
"I'd like for it to be a little easier the first few innings," he said. "I don't even know why it is. It kind of stinks to throw 50 pitches in the first three innings."
It has not impacted Miley too negatively, though, as he has won three of his first four big league starts and has a 3.52 ERA.
"I have no idea, I don't know why it happens," he said. "I would love to know, but I haven't found that answer yet."
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson doesn't think the left-hander needs to worry about it.
"He knows that if you make good, quality pitches early, then it sets up an at-bat and makes it a lot easier," Gibson said. "And it sets up the rest of the game if you can consistently get ahead of people and make good pitches.
"You'll get easier outs, quicker outs. The one thing about Wade that is he's been very resilient in those situations. He's pitched great for us."