Whichever cruel entity made the Astros, owners of the best record in the American League, the designated Diamondbacks Interleague Rival(TM) was cackling, as the Diamondbacks started the last leg of the home stand from hell. Zack Greinke took the mound against Colin McHugh
The Diamondbacks struck first in the 2nd. Daniel Descalso and Ketel Marte doubled back to back to get the score to 1-0.
We fast forward to the 6th, because nothing of note happened in-between because Greinke and McHugh exchanged all the zeroes. Until Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez also did the back-to-back doubles thing to create a 2-0 Diamondbacks lead. Should also note that before going to the Tigers, the Astros released J.D. Martinez, because good password creation is not the only weakness of Houston’s front office.
Greinke was sharp through 6.2 Innings. 0 ER, 5 Hits, 9 K, 2 BB. He left with two outs in the 7th after giving up a hit to former Los Angeles Laker Point Guard Derek Fisher. Jorge de la Rosa came in and cleaned up Juan Centeno to keep the shutout.Archie Bradley came in for the 8th and pitched around a 2-out hit. Updates on who the house belongs to were unavailable.
Former Diamondback Tyler Clippard came in for his first appearance as an Astro, and after a double and a walk, he got the next three out and the Diamondbacks couldn’t get any insurance runs. Would that prove costly? You probably already know the answer, as the headline to this recap is quite literally starts with the score of the game. Even though I typed this sentence about a minute after Ketel Marte strikes out to end the 8th, you already can infer what happened just from the recap title.
Fernando Rodney came in for the save opportunity. He got two quick outs, but then Marwin Gonzalez got a drag bunt single to make things kind of interesting, until Derek Fisher hit a line drive right to Descalso, so that was unnecessary drama.
The Diamondbacks are now 10-1 in Interleague Play this season, which is basically the difference between being in the Wild Card hunt and exchanging golf tips with the likes of the Braves, so that’s good.
Golden Age Simpsons: Greinke, +42.2%
Modern Simpsons: Blanco, -7.6%
Tomorrow is a rare Tuesday day getaway game, because there’s two more of these in Houston starting Wednesday. Anthony Banda will take the mound as the Diamondbacks go for the “Technically, this is a sweep.”