Both teams squandered numerous opportunities to score in this one. Zack Greinke once again spent the game with tons of traffic on the bases, but the Nationals were unable to push anyone across. Meanwhile, the Astros managed some single tallies in four separate innings.
As covered by Jack Sommers here at the Pit, and then demonstrated in games one and two of the series, the Nationals are quite adept at handling powerpitchers. That distinction did nothing for them against Zack Greinke, the wiley pitcher with an 89 mph fastball and an 89 mph change. The pitch that was really on display though, was Greinke’s upper-60s curve. The big looper locked up a number of batter and had others flailing away at a pitch they had no chance of doing anything with. Despite pitching with heavy traffic on the bases all night, Greinke was always only one curve away from changing the narrative.
Though the Astros failed to bury the Nationals with a big inning, Houston’s offense came through with numerous timely hits, allowing them to score in four different innings.
A quick refresher of important facts for tonight’s game.
The Brilliance of Patrick Corbin’s Slider (The Athletic)
Eno Sarris examines the pitch that just might determine the outcome of Game 4.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2019 Draft Report Card (Baseball America)
Corbin Carroll has plenty of people excited. Dominic Fletcher could be making an impact sooner than many people expected.
MLB Continues Investigating Taubman Incident (The Athletic)
The fallout from Brandon Taubman’s poor behaviour is far from over.