Blue Jays vs. Diamondbacks Game Recap - June 8, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Zack Greinke pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre.
Andrew Chafin, Yoshihisa Hirano, Matt Andriese and Zack Godley pitched out of the bullpen to contribute to the shutout, the team's first of the 2019 season.
There were contributions up and down the lineup, as six different hitters scored a run. Kevin Cron and Alex Avila each hit home runs to help push the Arizona offence.
Toronto got two hits from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and a triple from Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but were largely silenced due to 11 strikeouts as a team.
The Diamondbacks improved to 33-32, with their third win in a row, and still sit a far way behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
Toronto (23-41) continued its woeful stretch since the middle of May, as they have now lost 13 of their last 16 games, and three straight.
Greinke (7-2) has been excellent for Arizona this season, as he pitched six scoreless with four hits allowed, two walks and seven strikeouts.
Sanchez (3-7) took the loss and was not strong in this one, surrendering five earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts. As has been the problem so often for Sanchez this year, he struggled with command, allowing four walks.
Toronto's right hander has now allowed 40 walks this season, tied for third most in the major leagues.
Walks were an issue early in allowing the first run in the second inning, as Christian Walker walked with one out and would score two batters later on a single to left field by Nick Ahmed.
The third inning proved to be a lot of trouble for Sanchez, as four straight hits to lead off the inning culminated in the second and third runs being scored on a Ketel Marte single to centre and a David Peralta double to right field, respectively.
Arizona scored its fourth run of the game three batters later when Ahmed hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out.
Avila hit a home run in the sixth inning to pad the lead to five, and Cron added another in the ninth to give the Diamondbacks a 6-0 lead.
The Jays looked to have something in the bottom of the seventh when Gurriel Jr. hit a leadoff triple which chased Greinke, but Rowdy Tellez, Teoscar Hernandez and Brandon Drury each went down swinging in order to end the inning.
These teams are set to meet on Sunday to play the series finale, as Arizona looks to complete the sweep with Robbie Ray (4-3, 3.62 ERA) on the mound against Clayton Richard (0-1, 3.55 ERA) for Toronto at 1:07pm.