Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke on Monday night returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since he left the Dodgers to sign a six-year, $206.5 million contract with Arizona this past offseason. Said return? It did not go well for Greinke, as he allowed eight runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings (LAD 10, ARI 2).
Specifically, Greinke gave up five home runs in a game for the first time in his career (this after not allowing a single homer in his previous three starts). Depending upon your rooting interests, please enjoy or recoil from the following action-sports footage …
So that’s not only five homers in the game, that’s four homers in the fifth inning alone. Inhospitable welcome back, that.
While Greinke pitched solidly in his last three trips to the mound before Monday night’s ritual abuse, he’s now now got an ERA of 8.04 since he returned from the disabled list on Aug. 9. Yes, the sample size is small (and Greinke’s velocity has been fine), but that’s not exactly what you want to see from a 32-year-old who’s locked up through 2021.
As for those Greinke-back-to-L.A. rumors, the pitcher in question might be more amenable to it given that he’d never again have to face the Dodger lineup.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Zack Greinke’s return to Dodger Stadium was good … for the Dodgers