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.
Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.
Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.
Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.
On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.