Zack Greinke wasn’t at his best this afternoon, but he did just enough to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks within striking distance of the San Diego Padres. San Diego got to him early on an RBI double from Eric Hosmer. Greinke was unable to go past the 5th inning due to an elevated pitch count. He allowed 6 hits, 3 walks, 2 earned runs, and 5 strikeouts.
A.J. Pollock was having a great day at the plate with two loud singles in his first two plate appearances. The second base hit drove in a pair of runs to put Arizona in the lead, but it would come to an end there. In an infuriating moment, home plate umpire Jansen Visconti called Pollock out on strike in his third at bat on a ball not particularly near the zone. Pollock paused at the plate to voice his displeasure with the call before turning his back to return to the home dugout. Apparently, Visconti was displeased with something said by Pollock and decided to eject him from the game. Classic example of an umpire shaping the outcome of the game by abusing his right to eject a player. Pollock didn’t appear to be overly boisterous in voicing his displeasure and had his back turned to Visconti made the ejection.
Jose Pirela tied the game at 3 with a single in the top of the 6th off of Randall Delgado. Andrew Chafin, Jorge De La Rosa, Archie Bradley, Brad Boxberger, and Yoshi Hirano combined to throw 5 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Arizona had a chance to walk it off in the 10th after a one out double from Paul Goldschmidt, but both John Ryan Murphy and Steven Souza Jr. failed to drive him in. That left T.J. McFarland as the last bullpen pitcher standing for the Diamondbacks, and he pitched a scoreless 11th through 14th innings. Unfortunately, Arizona could not score either requiring Torey Lovullo to turn to Zack Godley who had just thrown 6 innings Friday night.
Diamondback killer Wil Myers hit a two out, full count, go ahead solo home run off of emergency pitcher Jeff Mathis, who had caught the entire game up to that point, in the top of the 16th. Arizona was able to get Ketel Marte all the way to third base with two outs, but could not bring him in to tie the game.
Miketvee will be around for the guest recap a bit later.