Managing partner of Zack-Zack & Associates, Zack Greinke, once again was able to put a stop to a losing streak last night against the best team in the American League. The Diamondbacks managed to score only 2 runs on 6 extra base hits. The screaming during yesterday’s edition of Snake Bytes must have made its way to Jake Lamb as he managed to hit 2 doubles of his own in the 3 hole. Go figure. Anthony Banda (1-2, 4.60 ERA) will attempt to complete the 2 game series sweep against Brad Peacock (10-1, 3.07 ERA).
Diamondbacks 2, Astros 0
[D’backs.com] Doubles back Greinke to win over Astros - I was witness to a Zack Greinke pitching clinic a few rows behind home plate on Monday night. He left to a standing ovation after 6 2⁄3 innings pitched after allowing only 5 hits, 2 walks, and 9 strikeouts. Greinke also managed to strikeout Jose Altuve 3 times. It was the first hat trick for Altuve since 2014, one of the American League’s premier hitters. Greinke now leads starting pitchers with 11 wins at home this season.
"You know the job you have every night when you go out there, and it's to give your team the best chance to win," McHugh said. "I mean, [Greinke's] a really good pitcher. I faced him twice and it was not close. You got to tip your hat to him; he did a good job and he held us at bay. But that doesn't change your gameplan, doesn't change the way you attack hitters. It's just about pitch execution."
[Arizona Sports] Greinke stymies Astros in D-backs victory - The Diamondbacks lineup went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position only scoring 2 runs in the victory. Consecutive doubles in the 2nd from Daniel Descalso and Ketel Marte gave the team the lead early. Not to be outdone, Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez followed with consecutive doubles of their own in the 6th to add insurance for the pitching staff. Arizona has now moved to 10-1 during interleague play this season.
[Venom Strikes] Diamondback Dads: Peralta and Walker share touching moments - Plenty of newborns this season among the Arizona Diamondbacks family! David Peralta has the delightful experience of sharing his birthday with his first born. The real fun begins when the Freight Train’s daughter begins tearing around the house like her dad on the bases.
[Hardball Scoop] D'Backs showcasing disturbing trends during rough patch - The most disturbing aspect of the team since the All Star Break is the inability to come through with runners in scoring position. The Diamondbacks typically capitalized in those moments earlier in the season, and most expected a slight regression. However, nobody could have anticipated that they would have gone in the complete opposite direction. The team needs to string hits together with runners on to give the starting rotation the opportunity to pitch ahead in the game.
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray set for minor league rehab start - Robbie Ray will get a rehab start and unleash havoc on minor leaguers for High-A Visalia. He has not faced game competition since being hit in the head with a comebacker on July 28th. No word on what the next step would be for him should his rehab start be successful.
Around the League
[ESPN] Power Rankings - Can we get a brownie point or two for soldiering through this awful part of the schedule? Who hates the Diamondbacks this much in the league office to subject the team to this? Gotta be Joe Torre even if he has nothing to do with scheduling. It was 16 years ago bro. Let it go. ESPN keeps Arizona at #6 deservedly so. The Bleacher Report feels the same type of way. Sports Illustrated bumps the snakes up to #5. Fanrag drops Arizona down to #5.
[ESPN] A sign of MLB's future? Why the Cubs' 4-man outfield matters - Joey
Vato Votto refuses to allow Joe Maddon make an example of him. Somewhere Steve Bartman is cracking a cold one with the boys, in his rocking chair, laughing that Votto managed to double on the 4 man outfield. It is a shame it came when there was no chance the Cubs would lose this game. Maybe next time Maddon will move Kris Bryant right next to Jon Lester to attempt the pickoff throw to first.
[Sportsnaut] Most overrated player on every MLB team - Before you get offended that Jake Lamb is listed as the most overrated player on the Diamondbacks, ask yourself who else on the team gets more praise than is deserved. Not that easy. Jake Lamb is not an awful player by any means, but being voted into the All Star Game likely thrust him into this conversation. I will still take him over a black hole at the hot corner. Remember when Dave Stewart & Co. tried to start Yasmany Tomas over him at 3B?
[Louisville Business Journal] How Louisville Slugger is joining in the fun for MLB's Players Weekend - What are the chances of Ketel Marte stepping up to the plate with a bat that looks like a weekend rave? Is it possible to have a train whistle carved into David Peralta’s bat? Can we just give Chris Herrmann a tree trunk?
[Sports Illustrated] Giancarlo Stanton Sets Marlins Record With 43rd Home Run of Season - Another day, and another home run for Giancarlo Stanton. He has now passed Gary Sheffield, and will attempt to become the first player since 2001 to hit more than 60 home runs in a season. Juiced ball or not Stanton is one of the most premier power hitters since the Steroid Era. The Home Run Derby completely ruined his swing.