[D’backs.com] Greinke dominates, bullpen finishes shutout - Quick side note. This author’s first name is the same as mine. I had to do a double take because I don’t see that everyday. There is a fairly clear divide between teams towards the bottom of the league, such as the Toronto Blue Jays, from the teams stuck in the middile, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and teams at the top, the Los Angeles Dodgers (vomits). Arizona has handled business and looked impressive in Canada taking the first two games of the series with ease setting the stage for a series sweep. Zack Greinke on Saturday was just as impressive as Merrill Kelly on Friday throwing six innings of scoreless baseball allowing only four hits.
“Today I felt like I did good with mixing speeds,” Greinke said. “I tried to get them out in front of the off-speed and thinking off-speed, then the fastball became better. The fastball command wasn’t amazing, but the off-speed was good to keep them off balance.”
[Arizona Sports] D-backs pitching combines for 11 Ks in shutout win over Blue Jays - Kevin Cron blistered a baseball in the top of the ninth inning for a solo home run with an exit velocity of 113.8 miles per hour. The baseball rocketed off of his bat and got out in a hurry. It was his second home run in as many days demonstrating that pitchers really shouldn’t leave an offering out over the plate to him.
[AZ Central] Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks carve up Blue Jays, secure series victory - Eduardo Escobar had the day off and Adam Jones is still absent from the lineup, but that didn’t prevent the D’backs offense from tacos for the second day in a row. Alex Avila had a solo tater himself to left field of all places. Jarrod Dyson and Tim Locastro, two of the teams fastest players, each reached base multiple times and scored a run.
“We’ve got to take advantage of this,” Dyson said. “They ain’t swinging the bats or pitching well, but that’s what we’ve got to take advantage of and do our job and not worry about what they look like on the other side. We’ve got to focus on what we got to do.”
[The Rattle] Minor Account: Interviewing Josh Green, RHP, Visalia Rawhide - Pay attention as Jeff Wiser publishes player interviews over the next few weeks from his time spent with the D’backs minor league affiliate, the Visalia Rawhide. First up is Josh Green, 14th round draft pick in 2018 out of Southeastern Louisiana University. Isn’t that where the Waterboy was from?
Around the League
[Yahoo Sports] Rays pitcher loses MLB debut after being forced to walk final mile to Fenway Park - #OldFriendAlert. Former D’back minor leaguer Colin Poche made his major league debut against the Boston Red Sox for the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. He was sent to Tampa by the D’backs as part of the three team trade involving the New York Yankees for Steven Souza Jr. Unfortunately, the traffic in Boston was so terrible he had to hoof it on foot to Fenway Park for the last mile or risk being late to the game entirely.
[ESPN] Frustrated Gardner tosses helmet, gets stitches - Next stop punching cinder block walls. Straight from the Rich Hill School of Tossing Bubble Gum Buckets.