The Arizona Diamondbacks are back on a winning streak, this time taking their fourth straight win behind a dominant Zack Greinke
The man of the night, without a question, is Zack Grienke.
Greinke pitched eight innings of shutout baseball including picking up eight strikeouts and just one walk. The Giants earned two hits off the Diamondbacks’ ace.
Joe Panik had a line drive single in the first inning, but Greinke followed it by retiring 11 straight batters.
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Brandon Crawford picked up a single to leadoff the fifth inning, but again Greinke responded by shutting down the inning.
The Giants had two other baserunners, including Mac Williamson reaching on a throwing error and then Joe Panik being walked. It was the first base on balls a Diamondbacks starter had given up since Wednesday.
But, Greinke also added his name to yet another part of Diamondbacks history. He picked up two doubles against Madison Bumgarner, making him only the third Diamondbacks pitcher ever to have multiple extra-base hits in a game.
Unfortunately, Greinke never got the chance to score. The only Diamondbacks runs came off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt.
In continuing his bid for N.L. MVP, Goldschmidt hit a two-run shot off of Madison Bumgarner to start off the game. David Peralta had previously singled to lead off the inning and Goldschmidt’s homer drove him in.
The team would add another five hits, but no other run would score. Goldschmidt’s two-run homer, his 35th of the year, would prove to be enough.
Fernando Rodney picked up his 38th save this season and the rest of the bullpen got the night off.
Their magic number to clinch a postseason berth is now down to just six games.
Unfortunately, the Colorado Rockies shutout the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers just got by the Washington Nationals. So, the Diamondbacks didn’t gain any ground in the division or in the Wild Card.
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