Zack Greinke did it all in Game 7.
When the Astros traded for Greinke at the closing bell of the July 31 trade deadline, this had to be the dream scenario for them: Game 7 in the World Series, where he got to showcase what makes him still a dominant pitcher in MLB.
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Dominate, he did. Greinke finished out his Game 7 performance with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out three in the process. Beyond the numbers, he was masterful: Gone are the days of Greinke’s 95 mph-plus fastball, obviously, but he changed speeds and he got soft contact — he only allowed five hard-hit balls, though the last hard hit ball was a solo home run by Anthony Rendon that cut into the Astros’ lead.
That’s what he did from the rubber. But, ever the athlete, Greinke didn’t stop there.
He started flashing the leather early in the game, before putting together a highlight reel in the fifth.
During the postseason, Greinke was bend-not-break, but he put that to rest Wednesday in the clinching game. He came in with 11 earned runs allowed through 18 2/3 innings pitched, including a less-than-stellar performance in Game 3. He bounced back in a big way in the deciding game of the series.
Greinke’s last batter, Juan Soto, reached first on a walk. Will Harris would relieve Greinke, and would go on to allow the go-ahead home run to Howie Kendrick. One run was charged to Greinke on the dinger.
The only thing Greinke didn’t do: swing the bat.
Maybe next year in a World Series rematch, Zack.