Astros’ Zack Greinke pulls out his first 16 hitters in stellar outing against the Angels

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Houston Astros right-hander Zack Greinke was perfect by five when he left against the Los Angeles Angels (GameTracker) on Saturday. Taylor Ward’s single one-out broke the bid and kicked off a mini-rally for the Angels. Greinke still had a quality final line:

Saturday’s game had been scoreless at the start of the sixth inning. Ward’s single was a single drive line in left field. After that, Greinke gave three straight hits, leading the Angels to take a 2-0 lead. Greinke had sent the first 16 Angels hitters before giving up his first shot. Two notable Angels players were absent from the roster on Saturday, including outfielder Mike Trout, who was with his wife as she gave birth to a son, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons (injured list, ankle).

At the start of Saturday, Greinke’s fastball grabbed between 87 and 88 mph during the game – reaching its highest speed at 88.7 mph in the fifth inning – for a slight improvement over his start to the season ( 87.3 mph) against the Seattle Mariners on July 26. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while eliminating two innings in 3 1/3 (58 throws) in the loss (SEA 7, HOU 6). He didn’t take the decision into account.

Greinke, 36, will be heavily leaning on this season with Justin Verlander (forearm) on the verge of running out of time. He’ll likely need a few more starts to build up his stamina, but Saturday’s outing bodes well for the veteran of this shortened 60-game season.

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