PHOENIX, Ariz –The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost their last three in a row and needed a stop by their ace in Zack Greinke. That’s exactly what they got. Greinke set the tone early, with a 10 pitch first inning, and a nine-pitch second inning.
Manager Torey Lovullo said prior to the game that “Greinke is the ace of the Diamondbacks pitching staff, if you’re talking about a stopper, this is the guy you want on the mound. We’ve lost three games in a row. Zack’s gonna step up there and give us what Zack normally does.”
Daniel Descalso of the Diamondbacks (51-31), back in the leadoff spot, jumped on a 1-1 pitch that split the outfielders and rolled to the wall for a triple, his second of the season. He would score on a ground out by David Peralta, giving Arizona a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Paul Goldschmidt ripped a triple down the right field line, his second of the season. Chris Owings doubled him home, and after advancing to third on a ground out, scored on a wild pitch. This increased the lead to 3-0.
The only mistake on the night by Greinke, came in the seventh inning to Colorado Rockies (48-35) shortstop Trevor Story. He blasted a two-run home run, his 11th on the season, cut the deficit to 3-2. For Story, the home run was his eighth career at Chase Field.
Even with the mistake in the seventh, Greinke (10-4) was still in control of the game. Using only 94 total pitches, he was dominant on the night, with eight strikeouts, giving up just three hits. That would be his last inning of work on the night.
Lovullo on Greinke’s performance, “Great night for Zack. Exactly what we needed from our guy. Our number one. He stepped up at a time where we lost three games in a row, and he went out there and executed a great game plan against a very offensive team. Zack was outstanding. Eight strikeouts, no walks. I felt like he was in control of every inning, even the inning where he gave up the two-run home run. You could see that Zack was out on the attack from the first pitch on. Zach was in really good Zack form today.”
Arizona erupted for three runs in the bottom of the inning with two hits and two Rockies errors. The highlight of the inning was a triple by Jeff Mathis, his second of the season. The hit drove in Rey Fuentes who reached via a single.
On the team’s offense coming through on the night, Lovullo commented with, “I thought we had some timely hitting and some key at bats. I thought Jeff Mathis’ ball off the center field wall (triple) was crucial. I felt Daniel Descalso leadoff triple really set a great tone for us.”
Archie Bradley came in the game and pitched a scoreless eighth.
Andrew Chafin pitch ninth, however, he struggled as the first two Rockies reached base. Arizona had to bring in their closer Fernando Rodney to close out the game, earning his 21st save on the season.
Note: Three triples in a game ties the franchise record.
A.J. Pollock, rehabbing with the Reno Aces, was rained out. He will play tomorrow and be re-evaluated after the game and potentially be available for the Los Angeles Dodgers series.
Yasmany Tomas was pulled from his rehab game here in Arizona with tightness. More information will be available tomorrow.
Next up for the Diamondbacks the series finale with the Rockies tomorrow at 1:10 pm MST.