It is debatable if Zack Greinke is worth the money paid to him. But he sure does a good job ending losing streaks like any ace should. He goes 7 innings, gave up 2 runs, and even scored two runs himself. It may very well be that the best way to not lose 1-run games is to win by several runs. Walker, Peralta and Marte all continued to hit home runs to help that cause.
It often happens when you play a team too much in a short period of time. Greg Holland threw a couple of pitches behind Francisco Mejia. Holland said it wasn’t on purpose. If he did say it was on purpose, he might get fined. So who knows.
This will be good for a team that hasn’t always gotten long outing out of their starters, though it has improved of late.
A FanGraphs article looks into a phenomenon that has been noticeable by the casual observer of the game. There was a time when a current Zack Greinke fastball was actually normal fast. But he has learned how to get outs with offspeed stuff and apparently the league has joined him. Except these guys throw much harder than before.
The whole Goldy thing still hurts, but how can we not wish him well? He’s doing his Goldy thing in St. Louis, though he has cooled off a bit after a hot start. We know how that works with him, he will be fine. Adam Jones has turned out to be a great addition and maybe a steal so far.
This is the stuff aces are made of in Colorado. German Marquez ends an 8-game losing streak for the Rockies by shutting out the Giants and giving up only 1-hit in the game.