It took the D-backs 11 innings to score yesterday. Today? Not so much. Three batters in, David Peralta tripled, scoring Paul Goldschmidt and came home on a Pirates error, making it 2-0. The first rain delay followed rapidly, but when play restarted, Arizona’s hitters took up where they left off. Peralta and Chris Owings had RBI hits in the third, and Jon Jay aded an RBI double in the fourth to make it 5-0 at the second interruption. Fortunately, the rain eased up and the game became official after five. Goldschmidt wasn’t done, getting his 17th homer in the seventh, and Jake Lamb added an RBI single in the ninth.
Zack Greinke did a good job of keeping it going despite the delays, and tossed exactly the six innings predicted in the preview! He held the Pirates to two hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts, in one of the best starts of the season. T.J. McFarland did lose the shutout in the eighth, but Archie Bradley and Jake Barrett got the final four outs, to give Arizona a chance at a four-game sweep tomorrow. Jon Jay, Lamb and Peralta each had two hits, while Goldschmidt walked twice in addition to his homer, and scored three times.
@DbacksEurope will be along with the recap - rather happier than his last one! - in a bit.