Greinke exits with abdominal tightness, D-backs rout Pirates

Zack Greinke used to be cruising alongside when he felt one thing flawed. Taking no possibilities, the Arizona Diamondbacks ace known as it an afternoon.

Greinke pitched shutout ball into the 8th inning sooner than exiting with belly tightness and the Diamondbacks routed Chris Archer and the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-1.

Diamondbacks supervisor Torey Lovullo mentioned Greinke would get an MRI on Friday. Arizona is off Thursday.

“It is not too unhealthy,” Greinke mentioned. “Simply did not appear to be a good suggestion to take a look at to push it.”

Greinke mentioned the present state of affairs turns out much less severe than the left indirect damage that price him six weeks in 2016, despite the fact that he thought of that in the beginning.

“I simply knew one thing used to be flawed and did not need to take the danger of injuring it extra,” he mentioned. “In the beginning I assumed it used to be an indirect factor, however it kind of feels to be in a special spot.”

Greinke (6-1) allowed 4 hits in 7 2/Three innings, then walked off the mound with a teacher with a 2-2 depend on Pirates reliever Chris Stratton. Greinke mentioned he felt his damage all through that at-bat.

“I am at all times constructive about issues,” Lovullo mentioned, admitting that if now not for the damage he thought to be permitting Greinke to move after a whole sport.

Greinke struck out 5, walked none and stored up his fresh run of luck — he has a 1.09 ERA in his closing six begins, permitting 5 earned runs in 41 0.33 innings. He additionally raised his scoreless innings streak in opposition to the Pirates to 21 0.33 innings.

“That is essentially the most constant that I have noticed him. It is attitude of the fastball. It is throwing fastballs to each side of the plate, and he is were given 3 secondary pitches that he can throw at any time,” Lovullo mentioned. “We get spoiled by means of him. We all know that he is extraordinarily locked in presently.”

Blake Swihart hit a two-run, inside-the-park house run within the 8th, and Eduardo Escobar and Adam Jones additionally homered for the Diamondbacks, who went 6-1 in opposition to the Pirates this season. Jarrod Dyson had two hits, scored 3 runs and stole two bases.

Melky Cabrera drove within the Pirates’ run with a two-out unmarried within the 9th.

Pirates pitcher Chris Archer’s first get started since April 26, and then he went at the 10-day injured listing with appropriate thumb ache, did not move smartly. He walked the bases loaded within the first inning, and all 3 runners scored.

Archer (1-Three) lasted simply Three 2-Three innings, permitting six earned runs on 4 hits with 4 walks and a wild pitch.

Dyson got here house on Ketel Marte’s cushy unmarried, Escobar scored on an error by means of 3rd baseman Colin Moran and Nick Ahmed added a sacrifice fly to place Arizona forward Three-Zero.

Archer rallied to strike out the facet in the second one inning, however the Diamondbacks plated 4 runs within the fourth, all with two outs.

“Deficient. Very, very deficient. I simply did not have just right command in any respect,” Archer mentioned. “I do not in point of fact know what to mention instead of that.

“They exploited my loss of regulate,” Archer added, pronouncing his thumb didn’t have an effect on him.

After Dyson’s unmarried, Escobar hit his 9th homer of the season. Jones’ 9th homer curled throughout the left-field foul pole and into the Diamondbacks bullpen within the 5th off Stratton.

“House runs occur, but if you’ll rating runs on some base hits, that is whilst you know you are offense is clicking,” Jones mentioned.

Escobar doubled in Dyson for his 3rd RBI of the sport within the 8th. Swihart hit an extended fly and when the ball caromed off the angled wall in right-center and eluded two outfielders, he scored status up for his 2d profession inside-the-park homer.

Josh Bell were given two hits for the Pirates, extending his career-high hitting streak to 15 video games.


Pirates: Archer’s go back from damage ended in the Pirates optioning RHP Clay Holmes to Triple-A Indianapolis. … OF Corey Dickerson (shoulder) is heading in the right direction to throw lengthy toss once this weekend. … RHP Keone Kela (shoulder) may throw off a mound in the following couple of days.

Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta left the sport after 5 innings with tightness at the appropriate facet of his higher again, changed by means of Swihart in left area. Lovullo mentioned he hopes some coaching room treatment will handle Peralta’s factor. … RHP Taijuan Walker (elbow surgical treatment) used to be scheduled to pitch 4 innings in a longer spring coaching sport Wednesday on the workforce’s facility in within sight Scottsdale. However he threw simply 17 pitches because of appropriate shoulder soreness and used to be got rid of as a precaution, then had an MRI later Wednesday.


Pirates: Pittsburgh starts a four-game collection at San Diego on Thursday, with RHP Trevor Williams (2-1, Three.40 ERA) scheduled to start out the opener. He is pitched no less than six innings in each and every of his 8 begins this season.

Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (Three-Four, Four.70 ERA) will get the ball at house on Friday in opposition to the San Francisco Giants, the opener of a three-game collection. It’s going to be his first profession get started in opposition to the Giants.


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