Zack Greinke took the mound in the top of the first for the Diamondbacks, and he struggled out of the gate. Shin-Soo Choo lead off and worked the count full before hitting a double to start the game. He moved to third on a Rougned Odor single and scored on an Elvis Andrus double. Nomar Mazara grounded out for the first out of the game, but it also allowed Odor to single. Greinke then got the next two outs to end the inning without any more runs scoring. 2-0 Rangers
Unfortunately, the top of the second was more of the same. Patrick Wisdom and Jeff “Please come back and fix Greinke” Mathis hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Texas starter Mike Minor bunted them over to second and third. Choo struck out. Odor came up with two outs and walked, loading the bases. Andrus singled, bringing in one run, and it also kept the bases loaded. Mazara then grounded into a fielder’s choice, which should have ended the inning. However, Wilmer Flores bobbled it, allowing Mazara to reach and Mathis to score. Greinke came right back and got another ground out Joey Gallo to end the inning, but the damage was done. 4-0 Rangers
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks offense wasn’t putting together much of anything. Jones, Marte, and Flores all went down in order in the first, and in the second, only Eduardo Escobar managed to get on base, with a two out double. They got on the board in the third. John Ryan Murphy lead off and hit a solo homer to get things going. Greinke followed with a walk, but was erased on an Adam Jones double play. Ketel Marte flew out, and that was the end of the inning. 4-1 Rangers
After that, Greinke really shut things down, and Minor kept the Diamondbacks in check with only a couple hiccups for a while. Greinke ended up sitting 14 Rangers down in a row, a stretch that would take him until one out into the seventh inning before giving up a double to Choo. Minor wasn’t quite as efficient, but really other than a Nick Ahmed lead off single in the fifth that turned into double thanks to a Choo error, the Dbacks never put together much of a threat either.
Greinke was allowed to face one more batter after the Choo double in the seventh, and he got Odor to strike out. After that, he was taken out in favor of Hirano. Greinke’s line ended up looking a lot better than one would have thought after the first two innings. 6.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, and 9 K’s.
Minor ended up going a little further in the game, but not much. He completed the seventh, but gave up his second solo shot of the night to Ahmed, bringing the Diamondbacks within two. 4-2 Rangers
Hirano got a ground ball to third to easily end the seventh. After that, Andriese came in for the eighth and sat the Rangers down 1-2-3. He almost did it again in the ninth, but did give a two out single to Hunter Pence and then balked him to second before getting Choo to fly out, ending the Rangers’ night.
The Diamondbacks went into the bottom of the night looking to score two runs off Jose Leclerc, the Rangers closer with a 0.00 ERA. Christian Walker singled to left to start the inning. He then came around to score on Eduardo Escobar’s second double of the night. Ahmed struck out on a bad swing for the first out, bringing PH Jarrod Dyson to the plate. He smashed one over the fence in right field, giving the Dbacks walk-off tacos. 5-4 Diamondbacks
Walk-off Tacos!: Jarrod Dyson, 72%
Actually eating the free tacos: Zack Greinke, -16.9% Ketel Marte, -14.8%
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Going to give CotN to Michael. Not sure if we can actually say this yet, but I’m really starting to hope it’s true
It’s a 6:40 PM start time tomorrow, as the Diamondbacks and Robbie Ray look to complete the short sweep of the Rangers.
One last thing of note, Zach Buchanan of the Athletic is reporting that Jon Duplantier was sent down at the conclusion of tonight’s game. Corresponding move will be announced tomorrow. We’ll see you then!