Tonight promised to be a pitcher’s duel from the start, with one of the Dodger’s co-aces going up against our ace. It delivered, with both Zack Greinke and Alex Wood trading zeros for most of the game. You couldn’t really ask for a whole lot more, other than the Dbacks scratching a couple more wins across the plate.
The Dodgers did strike first, in the second inning. Cody Bellinger lead off the inning with a solo home run to break the tie. Greinke responded in a big way, however, facing and then striking out Yasmany Grandal, Chase Utley, and Joc Pederson to end the inning. 1-0 Dodgers
It took the Dbacks a couple innings to respond, but they did and in similar fashion. After A.J. Pollock flew out for the first out, Paul “MVP” Goldschmidt came to the plate. He took the second pitch of the at bat and drove it under the big video board in center field for a solo home run of his own, tying the game. 1-1
The Diamondbacks put together another threat in the sixth inning. Pollock hit a one out, ground rule double to get things started. Goldy grounded out to move him to third, and then he was brought home on an RBI single off the bat of J.D. Martinez. Martinez then went to third on a Ketel Marte double, keeping things going for Jake Lamb. He promptly grounded out on the first pitch he saw to end the inning. 2-1 Dbacks
Meanwhile, Greinke had been looking nearly unstoppable through the sixth inning. He had two innings of facing the minimum, thanks to Yasiel Puig trying to get fancy out on the basepaths and it end in a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play. In the other two innings, the only base runners to reach were via the walk.
That changed in the seventh. Bellinger lead off another inning with an extra base hit, this time a double. Grandal and Utley lined out and grounded out for the first two outs, but Joc Pederson doubled to bring home Bellinger. He was then in turn brought home by a Puig single. That marked the end of the night for both pitchers, as Wood was pulled in favor of a pinch hitter, and Greinke was pulled in favor of Jake Barrett. Barrett got the pinch hitter to strike out, but the damage was done. 3-2 Dodgers
And there it would stay. The Diamondbacks went quietly into the night from there. They faced off against Kenley Jansen, who didn’t really seem to have it tonight, from where I was sitting, but other than a Marte HBP, that did bring the potential winning run to the plate, they didn’t do anything.
Excitement!: Ketel Marte, 8.2%
It all balances out in the end...: Jake Lamb, -24.2%
A solid GDT tonight that was kind of a throwback of sorts.
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Another good match up tomorrow with Anthony Banda taking the mound opposite Yu Darvish. If you can make it down to the ball park, do so. You’ll thank me later.