Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke ‘a little rusty’ in spring debut

Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke ‘a little rusty’ in spring debut


Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke ‘a little rusty’ in spring debut


Diamondbacks 15, Dodgers (SS) 3

On the mound: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke threw 1 2/3 innings in his Cactus League debut on Friday, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk. He struck out one. Greinke’s fastball was in the 88-91 mph range, a couple of ticks down from where it sat in his first spring training outing of 2016. “I thought it was all right,” Greinke said. “I guess typical first outing. A little sloppy, some OK stuff, but just a little rusty.” Greinke gave up a hard-hit ball to Dodgers 2B Logan Forsythe to start the game, but LF Gregor Blanco ranged back to track it down. After striking out SS Corey Seager on a fastball above the zone, Greinke walked DH Andre Ethier, who was caught stealing to end the inning. Greinke faced three batters in the second inning, departing after RF Andrew Toles’ single to short. “Decent first outing is a way to put it,” Greinke said. “It’s definitely got to get better, but that’s the way you expect the first outing a little bit.”

At the plate: The Diamondbacks’ offense had its best day of the spring so far, scoring 15 runs on 16 hits – seven going for extra bases – and four walks. Leading the way was 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who drilled an opposite-field home run, singled and was hit by a pitch. 2B Daniel Descalso (single, double, walk) and 1B Jason Pridie (single, triple) also had multi-hit performances. C Oscar Hernandez lined a home run onto the berm in left field in the eighth inning, his second homer of the spring.

Extra bases: The Diamondbacks turned a pair of double plays, including one of the 5-4-3 variety that began with 3B Jake Lamb positioned on the right side of second base. Manager Torey Lovullo said Goldschmidt is “doing just fine” after he was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. Goldschmidt did not appear hurt.

Saturday’s game: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin vs. Padres RHP Jarred Cosart, 1:10 p.m., Peoria Sports Complex.

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