Zack Greinke was making his 4th start since returning from the oblique injury and looked like his midseason self early on, confusing Braves' hitters early and often.
The first inning was quick and simple for Greinke, grabbing 2 strikeouts and a grounder to make it through unscathed. The second wasn't as easy, with the Braves getting a runner in scoring position with 2 outs, but a fly ball ended that threat. The third and fourth were textbook, with Zack shutting them down in order.
The offense responded with the excellent pitching with a pitchers best friend, runs. After a Michael Bourn triple, he scored in the first after a Welington Castillo double for the early 1-0 lead. They extended the lead in the 3rd with back-to-back-to-back singles from Bourn, Goldschmidt and Castillo scoring two runs to extend the lead 3-0.
Greinke lost his control in the fifth and sixth innings, allowing two runs in each inning. After two walks in the 5th, Ender Inciarte doubled to score two runs. The 6th was different, with the Braves going single, double, single to score 2 more runs.
Fortunately for the Dbacks, they padded their lead in the 5th on the long ball. Jean Segura hit his 12th of the year to lead things off the inning. And after a Goldy single, Jake Lamb hit a towering homer to right field to finally break through after struggling for most of the month.
The offense again added insurance runs in the 7th, courtesy of the long ball and small ball. Bourn hit his second triple of the game in front of Goldy who made the Braves pay, smashing his 20th homer of the year. Lamb and Owings singled to put runners on the corners and rookie Mitch Haniger made it count, hitting a sac fly to give the Dbacks a solid 9-4 lead. You'd think that kind of lead would be safe, with the bullpen only needing to finish out the last 3 innings to secure the victory but you know what, they suck.
The Braves loaded the bases in the 8th behind a walk and two hits, but somehow only scored 1 run thanks to the futility of a 46-win team. The 9th was just terrible baseball and it's probably best to not talk about it. Okay fine. Adonis Garcia homered off Burgos. Two walks followed, and Nick Markakis singled, scoring a run. Dominic Leone entered, and promptly allowed a double to left, scoring a run. After ANOTHER walk, Chase d'Arnaud hit a sac fly, scoring the final run of the inning and tying the score 9-9.
Extra innings followed and were boring, with the D-backs finally winning in the 11th on a Brandon Drury sacrifice fly, scoring Jake Lamb after his double. Let's check out the GameGraph.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup - Jake Lamb (+33.2%)
Almond Joy - Enrique Burgos (-28.9%)
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