Zack Greinke did his job, going seven full innings, while allowing only three runs. It was the offense which fell short - again. For the second night in a row, the Diamondbacks failed to provide enough offense to support their starting pitcher. This time, the offense only managed five hits and no walks on their way to scoring only two runs.
Despite reaching the loft milestone, the homer he allowed, combined with the lack of Arizona offense, hung the ace with his first loss since Opening Day.
Eric Hosmer hit the game-deciding home run, putting the Padres back over .500 on the season and giving Greinke his first loss since Opening Day, sort of putting a damper on the right-hander reaching 2,500 strikeouts in his career.
Josh Inman looks at Marte’s conversion from second baseman to center fielder.
Luke Weaver entered 2019 knowing he needed a better third pitch, so he bought a Rapsodo and developed two of them. Now, as a four-pitch pitcher who is able to effectively mix the lesser offering in with his two plus offerings, Weaver is looking more and more like the dominant pitcher some thought he might become.
The no-no bid by Houston’s ace was broken up with one out in the sixth when Jose Abreu hit a solo-shot to dead center. Verlander finished with eight innings pitched and struck out a season high 12 batters.
Arizona fans need little reminder of just how good Clayton Kershaw can be. Still, there are times where it seems the workmanlike manner in which he goes about it makes some things fly under the radar. Tuesday’s win moved Kershaw to 4-0 on the season and extended his unbeaten streak to 19 consecutive starts dating back to July 27, 2018. He has gone 10-0 since then with nine no-decisions, marking the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.