Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about the pitch that Jett Bandy hit for a bases-clearing double in Saturday’s loss to the Brewers. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down Zack Greinke’s outing vs. the Brewers and Chase Anderson’s near no-hitter on Saturday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about the performance of ex-teammate Chase Anderson, who flirted with a no-hitter against his former team on Saturday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s late rally to beat the Brewers 4-2 in Milwaukee on Friday night.
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Chris Iannetta talks about the ninth-inning home run he hit on Friday night in Milwaukee.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the key for the Diamondbacks’ long-term success this season and weigh in on the LeBron vs. Jordan debate.
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Lefty Robbie Ray lowered his road ERA to 0.81 with seven scoreless innings vs. the Brewers on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about left-hander Robbie Ray’s outing in his team’s 4-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his club’s 8-6 win over the White Sox to complete a home sweep on Wednesday. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb discusses homering off left-hander Jose Quintana despite his lefty struggles and the Diamondbacks’ strong start to the season after Wednesday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann on recent hitting surge and his home run in Arizona’s 5-4 win on Tuesday at Chase Field. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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Pitcher Archie Bradley was one of three Arizona Diamondbacks who participated in a cow-milking competition on May 23, 2017 at Chase Field.
The contest was to promote Shamrock Farms Grand Slam Milk Drive program.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller discusses his Tommy John surgery and his impending rehab before Tuesday’s game at Chase Field. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley weigh in on the Diamondbacks, LeBron James and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
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Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke on his near-complete game and use of an Eephus pitch during Monday’s dominant outing against the White Sox. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Greinke’s strong performance and the club’s offense. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and E.J. Montini discuss the Diamondbacks and their special summer ticket deal.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Padres lefty Clayton Richard’s performance and the home run by Chris Iannetta on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta returned from the disabled list on Sunday and slammed a home run on the first pitch he saw. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley threw seven innings and allowed three runs, all of them scoring in the fifth in a loss to the Padres on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s easy win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s eight-run first inning and right-hander Taijuan Walker’s sharp outing vs. the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings, but he wasn’t satisfied with the way he threw on Friday night in a win over the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Brandon Drury talks about his team’s offensive outburst vs. the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the NBA MVP, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers and the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo, catcher Chris Herrmann and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to the 5-4 win against the Mets, sweeping the series, May 17, 2017.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to Tuesday’s 5-4 Diamondbacks win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Zack Godley talks pitching and gameplay after his team’s 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo discusses the pace his team kept during a 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about the injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s loss to the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta doesn’t think his glute injury is significant, he said. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s 6-4 loss to the Pirates on Sunday and provides updates on his injured outfielders. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta says he ‘got lucky on all accounts’ after being hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball on Friday night vs. the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 13, 2017.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo provides an update on catcher Chris Iannetta, who was hit in the face by a pitch during Friday’s game, before Saturday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to 11-4 win against the Pirates, May 12, 2017.
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Shot Clock: Colin Kaepernick is better than Blaine Gabbert, right? So why did the Cardinals not sign him? Also, Zack Greinke has his Randy Johnson moment … what does it mean for Diamondbacks?
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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke describes his night, in which he nearly threw a no-hitter against the Pirates.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to Zack Greinke’s near-no-hit performance in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Godley and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 7-1 win.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray react to the 7-3 loss.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ difficulties on the road and the NBA’s big issue in the playoffs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says defensive miscues cost them in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was charged with eight runs in four-plus innings against the Rockies on Saturday night.
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Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t think his team played fundamentally sound in Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s win over the Rockies on Friday night.
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MILWAUKEE – A day after one of their best games of the season, the Diamondbacks played one of their worst. Or, at least, that was the way Zack Greinke seemed to see it on Saturday afternoon, after right-hander Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 victory at Miller Park.
“It seems to me like the whole team played terrible today, including myself,” Greinke said. “I mean, (Anderson) almost threw a no-hitter and then we gave up six or seven runs, whatever it ended up being. It was a pretty bad game.”
Whether it does anything to stunt the Diamondbacks’ upward trajectory remains to be seen. Even with the loss, they’ve still won 10 of their past 12 games, including Friday night, when they tied the game in the ninth and won it in the 10th. If nothing else, the afternoon was one of the rare instances this season in which the Diamondbacks’ defensive shortcomings seemingly cost them in the win column.
BOX SCORE: Brewers 6, Diamondbacks 1
Leading off the fourth, the Brewers’ Eric Sogard took an off-balance swing at a Greinke change-up, lofting what appeared to be a harmless pop fly to shallow left field. Yasmany Tomas lumbered in, then pulled up as it dropped in front of him.
“He didn’t close on the ball,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Sogard hustled into second, turning a ball that’s an out 92 percent of the time, according to Baseball Savant’s Statcast data, into a leadoff double. Did Lovullo think Tomas could have made a play?
“I did,” Lovullo said. “Those are things that we’re working on with him, first-step quickness and closing on balls. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the play. Those are things we’re dealing with, and we know there are some limitations with him. Hopefully, those moments won’t happen again and we’re going to figure it out.”
The Brewers turned it into a big inning. Greinke issued walks to Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw to load the bases, then threw six consecutive breaking balls to Jett Bandy before trying to beat him with a fastball.
“I was trying to be too smart, probably,” Greinke said.
Bandy turned on it, sending it over Tomas’ head and one-hopping the wall for a bases-clearing double.
“I made a really bad pitch,” Greinke said. “I really shouldn’t have thrown that pitch when I did, where I did. It was more of a mental mistake than a physical mistake. It was not the right pitch, and it didn’t work out good.”
That was all the support Anderson needed. After issuing back-to-back walks to start the game, Anderson retired the next three batters – including strikeouts of Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb – to escape trouble.
Then, using the same pitch mix he employed during his two seasons with the Diamondbacks – albeit with a few extra ticks on his fastball – he proceeded to carve up his ex-teammates for the next six innings.
With his pitch count climbing – he entered the eighth having thrown 111 pitches – Anderson gave up a leadoff single to Nick Ahmed, the Diamondbacks’ first hit of the game.
Anderson, who was traded to the Brewers as part of the Jean Segura deal prior to last season, said there’s always extra adrenaline when he faces his former team.
“Oh yeah, for sure,” he said. “I kind of want to have that little chip on your shoulder of, ‘You traded me away, I want to show you what you’re missing out on’ kind of thing.”
Anderson’s average fastball of 95.4 mph was nearly a 1.5 mph higher than his previous single-game best, according to Brooks Baseball. He points to a firmer weight transfer in his delivery that has allowed him to get more behind his fastball in recent starts.
“Sometimes I left my leg and I get a little wobbly on the back leg,” he said. “If I’m more firm, that ends up making me more firm out front and your arm is in a better position to make pitches in the zone.”
The lively fastball helped make Anderson more effective, Goldschmidt said, but there was more behind the outing than that.
“He was able to blow some fastballs by guys, if you want to put it that way, but that’s because his off-speed was good,” he said. “He was using his curveball for a strike, his change-up, even his cutter/slider. I think I saw him do that when he was with us, too. You can’t guess with him because he can use any pitch at any time.”
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Diamondbacks at Brewers
When: 11:10 a.m.
Where: Miller Park, Milwaukee.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (4-4, 4.40) vs. Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson (2-3, 4.20).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Corbin posted his first quality start in May on Tuesday against the White Sox, giving up three runs in six innings at Chase Field. In four starts this month, Corbin has a 7.77 ERA, with seven homers allowed in 22 innings. He allowed just three home runs in his first six starts. … Corbin started last year at Miller Park, giving up four runs in five innings. He has a career 3.60 ERA in 30 innings against the Brewers. … Nelson lasted just five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk, against the Blue Jays in his most recent start. Prior to that, he’d pitched into the seventh inning in back-to-back outings. … He’s faced the Diamondbacks four times in his career, allowing 19 runs (12 earned) in 22 innings. … He has a fastball that sits in the low-to-mid 90s to go with a slider, curveball and change-up.
Monday: At Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m., Diamondbacks Randall Delgado (1-0, 3.82) vs. Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (2-3, 5.93).
Tuesday: At Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (4-3, 3.45) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (5-3, 2.83).
Wednesday: At Pittsburgh, 9:35 a.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 1.99) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5, 6.29).