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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #122: The Late Show

Get a caffeinated beverage for this evening's contest in San Diego.

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Zack Greinke
RHP, 11-4, 4.31
Jarred Cosart
RHP, 0-1, 5.03
Jean Segura - 2B Travis Jankowski - CF
Michael Bourn - CF Wil Myers - 1B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Yangervis Solarte - 3B
Jake Lamb - 3B Alex Dickerson - LF
Yasmany Tomas - RF Ryan Schimpf - 2B
Welington Castillo - C Christian Bethancourt - RF
Mitch Haniger - LF Derek Norris - C
Chris Owings - SS Nick Noonan - SS
Zack Greinke - RHP Jarred Cosart - RHP

Mitch Haniger continues to justify his existence nicely, with another multi-hit game, and his first with three hits. He becomes the first Diamondbacks to get a hit in each of his first three major-league games since David Peralta in June 2014 (the Freight Train went on to start his career with a 7-game hitting streak, breaking Alex Cabrera's team record of six). Haniger also ties the team record for hits over his first three games, his six matching the figure of Trent Oeltjen in 2009, and for runs driven in, where he and Gerardo Parra in 2009 both had five. The records for four games, should you be interested, are eight hits (Oeltjen and Adam Eaton) and six RBI (Parra and Carlos Quentin).

Interesting to contrast the approach taken to start times by San Diego and Arizona. The D-backs brought their general home start time forward to 6:40pm, and it's even earlier (typically, 5:10pm) on Friday. But the Padres have pushed their Friday night starts back to 7:45pm. The Padres are currently pulling over 29,000 per game, compared to the D-backs' figure of 24,783 - the teams had identical records coming into this series. Hard to say whether start time factors into this though; you'd need to break down attendance on a per-evening basis perhaps. In terms of audience reaction, seems to have been a mixed response, probably as you'd expect.

Doesn't bother me much, providing this doesn't do something insane like go 16 innings. I'll be up anyway (Michael's got the weekend off the minor-league recaps), and it'll make a nice change from the Olympics. Must admit, I think we're close to maxxing out on the amount of synchro team trampobadmintennis we can mainline into our eye-holes. But we'll miss it when it's gone I'm sure, and we're reduced to dredging the outer corners of the TV schedules for entertainment. [We still have 2 Lava 2 Lantula! sitting on the DVR for future consumption...] Tonight though, we'll see if Greinke's second start back off the DL is more successful than his disastrous first.