That’s Zack Greinke at left, and Jonathan Lucroy does not have his hand on Greinke’s rear end just because he fanned ten in seven innings of three-run ball (though Greinke also did that). Nope, Lucroy is giving Greinke the gentleman’s pat because of his prowess at the plate; in the fifth inning, it was Greinke who racked up the go-ahead run on a solo shot to left.
It wasn’t a cheap shot, either. Greinke got all of it and the only question was fair or foul. Thankfully, it stayed fair, and BOOM! Career home run number two.
On tonight’s Tony Bruno show, John Axford said he’s sure the bullpen will never hear the end of it. He’s probably right. “They hear me talk about [my hitting skillz] all the time,” Greinke said. “They’re all upset now because they think I’ll talk about it even more.” Watch out for this guy, Yovani.
Of course, Greinke continued to dominate on the bump, too. Actually, you might be surprised at how well he’s pitching.
You remember that Cy Young award Greinke won in 2009? Well this year, Greinke is actually striking out more batters per nine innings (12.43) than he did in ’09 (9.50). And he’s walking fewer batters per nine innings (2 vs. .86). And although he’s giving up more home runs and his ERA isn’t stellar, he’s been the victim of the Brewers’ poor defense and a lot of bad luck (.370 BABIP).
No joke; if Greinke continues to dominate on the mound like he has, and if his luck evens out as the season progresses, he still has the potential to put up Cy Young-type numbers.
But what’s really amazing? Said Greinke, “I feel pretty good, but I can get better.”