It's been a weird season for Paul Goldschmidt. We saw him hit like his old self in the 1st half but the 2nd was not normal with only 6 home runs and a .846 OPS to date. He must've gotten a memo as he came out of the gates of this one on fire, and with Zack Greinke pitching hopefully the D-backs won't need much help.
The 1st started with a couple quick outs from Segura and Owings but the captain Paul Goldschmidt smashed a drive deep into left field for a 1-0 D-backs lead.
Zack Greinke was shaky to start the game, giving up a single in the 1st. With 1 out, Greinke walked Wil Myers to give the Padres a runner in scoring position. Getting a strikeout and flyout to end the inning without threat.
Both pitchers had a nice 2nd inning, but the 3rd again saw Greinke pitch into trouble and this time he would not escape unscathed. A 2-out walk to Jon Jay kept the inning alive and Myers made it pay, hammering his 27th homer of the year to give the Padres a 2-1 lead. The 4th was more of the same, with Greinke giving up a couple walks but got out of the jam.
In the 6th, the D-backs finally mustered some offense. Jean Segura hit a 1-out walk to start things off and Goldy stepped up with 2 outs, looking to deliver, and boy did he ever. He smashed a fastball over the fence for a 3-2 D-backs lead, one that would ultimately be our final score. Greinke left after the 6th, walking 4 total and striking out 7 while allowing just 2 runs.
The bullpen came on after the 6th and would bend but not break, giving up doubles in two separate innings but pitching beautifully to escape both times. Randall Delgado, Edwin Escobar, Jake Barrett and Daniel Hudson combined to finish off the game. Onto the GameGraphs.
Survivor - Paul Goldschmidt (+44.3%), Daniel Hudson (+26.8%)
Big Brother - Chris Owings (-8.2%)
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Man this season can't end quick enough. No comment of the thread as can be expected with this few comments.
The D-backs head to Balitmore for a series with the Orioles. We'll see if things turn around.