As you probably heard, this weekend is Player’s Weekend, which as far as I can tell is really just an excuse for MLB to release new uniforms so people can buy replicas of them. I do have to admit, though, that the different nicknames is pretty fun, even if the days of great baseball nicknames is mostly in the past. I’m looking at you, every player who just uses a shortened version of their real name.
Greinke got the night started with a 1-2-3 inning against the Giants. He got a strike out from Denard Span, and then ground outs from Hunter Pence and Jarrett Parker. The Diamondbacks were able to put together a bit more with two nonconsecutive singles, but with the same result.
In the top of the second, the Giants ran into a bit of luck. The good news for the Diamondbacks is that it was mostly bad. Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval had back-to-back, one out singles to get it going. The bad luck started when Crawford tried to take off for third but went way to early and was easily picked off by Greinke for the second out. Nick Hundley was next and doubled. Sandoval hustled around third and went home. However, Goldy cut the throw home off and redirected it to third, where Lamb was able to tag out Hundley about two thirds of the way from second. 1-0 Giants
The Dbacks took an inning, but they answered back in a big way in the bottom of the third, mostly thanks to Mr. Paul Goldschmidt. David Peralta and Chris Iannetta, who was the first person not named Mathis to catch Greinke this season, singled to bring A.J. Pollock to the plate. He himself singled, scoring Peralta. This put two on and only one out for the aforementioned Goldschimdt. He took a pitcher’s pitch and deposited it into the left field bleachers for his 30th home run of the year and 99th, 100th, and 101st RBI’s of the season. Turns out you spell MVP G-O-L-D-Y. 4-1 Dbacks
Much to the chagrin of some in the GDT, this is all the Dbacks would be able to score on the evening. The Giants did make it closer, but Greinke and the bullpen did what they had to do to keep the lead. Greinke gave up an RBI fielder’s choice in the top of the fifth, and a badly misplayed ball of the foot of Ketel Marte allowed a third (unearned) run to score in the seventh, which unfortunately knocked Greinke out of the game before he could finish the seventh inning. Jorge De La Rosa came in and easily got the third out to clean up what could have been a messy inning. 4-3 Dbacks
After that, it was smooth sailing for the bullpen the rest of the way. Archie Bradley pitched a scoreless eighth, and Fernando Rodney recorded his 31st save. In the rest of baseball, the Rockies lost to the Braves, extending our lead over them to 1.5 games, and the Dodgers beat the Brewers, so we gain on them as well.
A solid nickname like Three Fingers: Fernando Rodney 17.4%, Paul Goldschmidt 16.6%
Calling yourself half of your last name: JD Martinez -6.1%
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Join us again tomorrow at 5:10 Arizona time. Madison Bumgarner versus Taiwan Walker. Should be a fun game! Be there!