Zack Greinke had been baffled by the Rockies of late. On Friday night, though, he got his revenge. He worked seven shutout innings in the D-backs 8-0 victory against the Rockies. It was Greinke's first win in his last five starts against the Rockies. In fact, it was the D-backs first win in his last five starts against the Rockies.
Greinke had been 0-2 and the D-backs 0-4 in his four previous starts against Colorado. He had allowed 12 earned runs and 25 hits in 26 1/3 innings. On Friday, he gave up four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine, allowing the D-backs to pull within a game of the second-place Rockies in the NL West, and also in the Wild Card.
At the Plate
Greinke had Nolan Arenado's number. Arenado wasn't merely 0-for-3, he was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. It was only the second time this season he struck out three times in a game. The Rockies, however, won in the other three-strikeout game, 12-2 against the Padres on May 10. Arenado was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in that game. Arenado, in fact, has had only five games in which he struck out twice.
On the Mound
It was a tough night for Antonio Senzatela on Frideay. How tough? Well, he gave up seven runs, equaling his third highest total of the season (and the second highest in terms of earned runs). It was the second time he gave up seven or more runs on the road.
The Rockies were shuout the fourth time this season on Friday, and held to one or no runs for the 11th time. Nine of the 11 -- and all four of the shutouts -- have come on the road.