Zack Greinke has perhaps his best start of the season and certainly the longest, blanking the Braves for 7.2 innings of four-hit ball this afternoon. This was the best outing by a D-backs starter in Atlanta since Brandon Webb had a complete-game two-hitter there in 2007; the one before that was a certain Randy Johnson appearance... Greinke walked none, struck out 7 and was rarely in any trouble. He left with one on in the eighth, and Andrew Chafin then walked his batter to bring the tying run to the plate, but an Archie Bradley K ended the threat. Brad Boxberger got the save in the ninth, striking out the side again, this time around a one-out single.
The offense was slightly better than yesterday, despite a first inning where they scored only once after being gifted three walks. That run came on a Steven Souza RBI single. Arizona’s second score came off the bat of Jeff Mathis in the fourth, on an RBI double, and Ketel Marte completed the scoring with a solo home-run, his ninth, in the sixth inning. Mathis also singled, while David Peralte and A.J. Pollock each had a hit and a walk, as the D-backs guaranteed taking the last series before the break. They’ll go for the sweep tomorrow.
@DbacksEurope gets to recap a happier kind of shutout this time, and will be along in a bit!