The Marlins jumped Zack Greinke for a run in the first inning. Then Greinke settled in and went to work on the cellar-dwellers. Greinke retired the next 11 batters he faced and only allowed two more hits over the next five innings. To make up for allowing a run to score in the first, Greinke hit collected yet another RBI hit in the second to tie the game. Two innings later, Jake Lamb crushed a triple to deep center and was brought home by Nick Ahmed. That ended up being the last anyone would hear of the Diamondbacks’ offense. On the mound, Bradley and Lopez provided scoreless innings to keep Arizona in the lead. However, Greg Holland had yet another night to forget. Brought in to secure the one-run save, the embattled closer loaded the bases without recording an out on a double, a walk, and a single. The first out of the inning brought home the runner from third. That ended Holland’s night. Yoshihia Hirano came on in relief, but was unable to induce a groundball. Another sacrifice brought the winning run home, charged to Holland.
Two starts in a row now, the Diamondbacks have squandered a terrific start by their ace. Will these losses force Robbie Ray and others out of the desert?
Blowing only five saves on the season wouldn’t be so bad if Holland was actually getting a decent number of save opportunities. Instead, Holland has become old and ineffective right in front of everyone’s eyes. The latest blown save to the Miami Marlins might prove to be the final nail in this season’s coffin.
Derrick Hall says not to expect any major moves at the deadline. Recent performance and financial realities make it difficult to picture a world in which the team doesn’t trade at least one of their three main trade targets.
Five games, five home runs. After putting on a power display in PNC Park, Paul Goldschmidt continued the show with another long ball, this one a come-from-behind three-run shot in the eighth inning to steal a victory from the visiting Houston Astros.