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Zack Greinke gets no help in losing Angels debut

Jul 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

Zack Greinke AP

Without the injured Mike Trout at the top of the lineup, the Angels got nothing going offensively Sunday  and took a 2-0 loss to the Rays in Zack Greinke‘s debut.

Greinke, who was acquired from the Brewers on Friday, was strong in striking out eight over seven innings, but Jeremy Hellickson was better, blanking the Angels on two hits over six innings. Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney — the last two former Angels — finished the Rays’ second shutout in two days.

The loss was Greinke’s first in a home start since July 31, 2010, when he was still a member of the Royals. He went 15-0 during his 23 starts at Miller Park as a member of the Brewers.

Greinke allowed both Rays runs after pitching scoreless ball for five innings. The Rays led off the sixth and seventh innings with doubles and scored one run each time. The second run came on a wild pitch.

Greinke has now gone six straight starts without a win. He’ll miss the four-game showdown in Texas this week and make his next start against the White Sox on Friday. That could work out for him; he had his best start of the year against the White Sox in interleague play, pitching nine scoreless innings back on June 22.

  1. antlerclaws - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    At least we got to see him do a near-backwards-somersault on the mound when he tried to catch a liner right over his head.

  2. mjames1229 - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Why would the Angels land the prize pig and NOT start him against the team they’re chasing (the Rangers)?

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    @mjames..

    greinke is their 4th starter so..

    • mjames1229 - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      All the more reason to throw your best four at the Rangers and have #5 throw yesterday.

  4. Stiller43 - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Hey, june 22nd, thats my bday

  5. shaggytoodle - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    The Brewers would have given him run support, the bullpen would have most likely blew it, but atleast he would have a chance at the W.

    Being a Brewer fan is pretty rough right now.

    • brewcrewchamps - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      I know it, the bullpen is so terrible..

      Who should we roll out today ron? death by K-Rod? or should we send Loe out there for kicks? oh, i got it! Let’s throw the AX!

  6. schlom - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Two straight losses after Vernon Wells was called up. They are 16-24 (.400 winning percentage) with him on the roster and 39-23 (.629) without him.

  7. fuddpucker - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Nov/Dec 2012: Welcome to Atlanta, Zack.

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