Arizona bats feasted on San Diego pitching on Tuesday night. Arizona starter, Zack Greinke went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. John Ryan Murphy added a monster blast of his own and Christian Walker continued to reward Torey Lovullo for putting him in the lineup with his third home run of the season. On the mound, Greinke was back to form, striking out 10 over six innings of work before giving way to the bullpen. Andrew Chafin scuffled again, allowing two runs in only two-thirds of an inning. Yoan Lopez, Archie Bradley, and Greg Holland came in to clean things up with 2 1⁄3 scoreless innings to secure the win.
Zack Greinke’s two-home run performance on Tuesday night put him in some select company. When asked what hitting those homers meant, the right-hander gave a typical Greinke deadpan by responding, “Not much now. It feels like everyone is hitting homers. We’ll see how long that keeps up for.”
While striking out 10 and allowing only three runs over six innings, Greinke’s bat alone should have been enough to earn him the win. Arizona’s ace drove in four runs on his own.
Arizona manager, Torey Lovullo continues to insist that first base is not a platoon position for the team and that he still expects Jake Lamb to get 500 ABs this season. At the same time, he also acknowledges that Christian Walker’s recent performance makes it difficult to keep his bat out of the lineup. With Walker hitting another home run on Tuesday night, it would not be shocking to see him get the next start against a left-handed starter, which would be tonight against San Diego’s Joey Lucchesi.
What sort of stuff does Jon Duplantier have, and is he going to force his way into the rotation and stick, or is he destined to eventually wind up in the bullpen full-time?
Late Addition: hat-tip to Sean for finding this, which posted to Fangraphs after today’s Snake Bytes had already gone live.
Tuesday was a big day for extensions. The Blue Jays extended Randal Grichuk for 5 years/$52 million. The Colorado Rockies extended German Marquez for 5 years/$43 million. However, the biggest extension of the day belongs to the Atlanta Braves and Ronald Acuna. The braves signed their young, second-year star outfielder to an 8-year/$100 million extension that includes two potentially team-friendly option years on the back end.
As bad as Arizona’s outfield situation is, it is still better than where the San Francisco Giants found themselves after swinging and missing on their last three attempts to bolster the outfield. The Giants finally landed an upgrade on Tuesday, sending three players to Toronto in exchange for center fielder Kevin Pillar. In a related move, Toronto then added Socrates Brito to their 25-man to act as fourth outfielder and back-up center fielder.