The BABIP gods were little kinder to Josh Collmenter in his second start than his first, though he did at least get through five innings this time: he allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk, with just the one strikeout. A.J. Schugel wasted no time in being put to work after his call-up this morning, making his major-league debut with three innings of relief. However, he fared little better, being charged with two runs on five hits and two walks, with no strikeouts. Oliver Perez finished things off with mop-up duty in the ninth. Unfortunately, he was the mop, allowing two runs on a homer, although did strike out three.
The offense failed to come to grips with Greinke, though received no help from home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez and his fabulously malleable strike-zone. We managed only five hits and no walks through Greinke's seven innings, and didn't end the shutout until two outs in the ninth on Jordan Pacheco's RBI single - albeit scoring four runs thereafter! Jake Lamb and Nick Ahmed each had a pair of hits, Cliff Pennington a hit and a walk, while and Chris Owings came off the bench to register his first hit of the season. azbaseballfan will be along in a bit with the full recap, as the D-backs now hit the road for the first time in 2015.