Robbie Ray won his fifth straight start and A.J. Pollack hit a two-run double as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night.
Well. except for one thing.
Calixte started Friday's game against the Diamondbacks and batted eighth, but will be replaced by Denard Span, who will bat leadoff.
Do the Giants have to fix their woeful outfield defense? Crawford gloved it and, rather than taking the out at first, pitched it to Ryder Jones at third to tag out Greinke.
The win allowed the Diamondbacks (87-62) to remain five games atop the National League wild-card standings with 13 to play.
He struck out the side in the fifth, and while he allowed the go-ahead run in the sixth via his own error at first to make it 2-1 Giants, he struck out Buster Posey and Nick Hundley swinging with runners on first and third in order to keep the deficit at one run.
"He's thrown the ball like he was throwing before ... it's hard sometimes to try and find a silver lining through a year like this but the fact that he did come out of this accident okay and he's back healthy and we'll have him ready to go next year.""This year just hasn't worked out for us".
Regardless of whether he plays again or not, it's been an interesting season for the 30-year-old backup. He walked one and struck out eight.
"Was good. Wasn't dominant", Greinke said afterward.
The Giants had a chance to break that streak on Opening Day.
GM Bobby Evans declared the club's intent to pick up left-hander Matt Moore's $9 million option.
"When Greinke is on and hitting the edges, he's real tough", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. You look at how they're dealing.
Hernandez didn't exactly have a breakout second half, and he hasn't hit a home run all season.
Ray and Greinke are also now the second duo in the majors to each reach 200. The first ended with a feet-first slide into second.
That milestone might not mean much to the players, but it signifies the one-two punch the D-backs possess at the top of their rotation, a critical component of a deep postseason run.
He seemed more excited about his hits against Bumgarner than anything he did on the mound, or on the bases. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Madison Bumgarner both pitched well enough to win, but received a total of just two runs of offensive support.
Prior to their 2-0 loss Saturday night, the Giants took a definitive step on the path they believe can lead them back into contention next season.
Goldschmidt also hit the first pitch, raising his season RBI total to 115.
Bumgarner has hurt himself with a spate of home runs. Do they need to get more athletic? "The stadium is still pretty full and it's still an awesome place to play".
"Nothing Goldy does surprised me", Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gushed after the game. He's a special player. At times, he was the most dependable hitter in the lineup.
Asked if he felt the best he has all season, Greinke said "not stuff-wise but location-wise yes".
NOTES: The Diamondbacks' ninth straight road win matched the franchise record set in August 2002. The only Diamondbacks runs came off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. Only Colorado Rockies RF Carlos Gonzalez (19) has more. Pence appeared to favor his wrist as he tripped over first base and landed in the dirt. Hernandez is doubtful for Sunday's game too, Bochy said.
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