Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke found himself trailing 2-0 after three innings on Tuesday evening against the Padres. He served up two runs on a Hunter Renfroe homer in the first inning. Greinke decided to help his own cause in the top of the fourth.
Ketel Marte hit a one-out solo home run off of Padres starter Eric Lauer to put the D-Backs on the board. Nick Ahmed then singled and stole second base. John Ryan Murphy walked to put runners on first and second with one out for Greinke. Greinke fouled off a first-pitch fastball, then smoked a cut fastball 413 feet to center field for a go-ahead three-run home run.
Greinke now has seven home runs for his career, tied for the seventh-most homers hit by a pitcher since 2005. Carlos Zambrano has 21, Madison Bumgarner has 18 (he also homered on Tuesday night), Yovani Gallardo 12, Travis Wood 11, Adam Wainwright 10, and Micah Owings nine. Greinke is tied with Matt Cain and Dontrelle Willis at seven.
Update: Greinke hit his second home run of the game in the top of the sixth off of Adam Warren, going back-to-back with Murphy.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.