Zack Greinke and German MArquez faced off in a pitching duel on Friday night. When Greinke left the game with one out in the eighth inning, there was one runner on and Colorado had only scored twice. Then Jake Diekman and a blown interference call at second base happened. When Arizona came up to bat in the bottom half of the inning, they were suddenly down by four.
Once again, the Diamondbacks jumped on opposing pitching and scored in the first inning of the game, this time on a two-run homer by David Peralta. That shot was the last scoring Arizona did for the entire game. The bullpen was unable to hold the line, when Greinke was finally pulled one out into the eighth inning. The umpires blew a crucial interference call at second base later in the inning. When the night was done, the Diamondbacks lost by four and Greinke was charged with a third run allowed and hung with the loss.
As soon as the Arizona Diamondbacks cleared the field aftering losing 6-2 on Friday night, Brad Ziegler was on Twitter, lambasting the officiating on a call at second base wherein Charlie Blackmon threw up his arms and made contact with shortstop Nick Ahmed who was in the process of trying to turn a double play. Ziegler had entered the game with runners on first and second and one out in a tie game. He made the pitch he needed to, inducing the double-play grounder. But, instead of the score remaining tied on an inning-ending double play, the Rockies were given a second life and used it to push across four runs in the inning.
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