6/6 Greinke K’s Cubs
The Cubs might have had a chance if they faced Zack Greinke on the moon. He struck out 12 and gave up two hits over seven innings in Milwaukee’s 8-0 win Wednesday night.
“He threw me something different every at-bat I went up there,” said Chicago’s Tony Campana, who struck out three times against Greinke, and once more in the eighth. “He challenged me my first at-bat and the next at-bat he started me off slow and the last at-bat he did something totally different again. He was on today, and I wasn’t.”
Greinke, who said he likes being home, in part, because the coffee is better than in hotels, gave up a double by Alfonso Soriano leading off the second and another by Starlin Castro with one out in the third. He showed he was human by walking two.
The Cubs set a season-high Tuesday by striking out 14 times, but topped that Wednesday when they fanned 15 times.
“If you’re going to strike out that many times in back to back nights, you’re not going to put many runs up, that’s for sure,” Dale Sveum said. “Greinke, that’s about as good as he’s going to get down on the zone. He had command of all his pitches. That was pretty dominant, obviously. We didn’t put together any good swings or anything. He kept the ball down and away, he kept his breaking ball down.”
— Carrie Muskat