Zack Greinke Shines in First Start at Miller Park

Jim OxleyContributor IMay 10, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 04:  Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In his first home start for the Milwaukee Brewers this season, Zack Greinke pitched six innings, struck out nine and gave up just two earned runs on the way to a 4-3 Brewers victory over the San Diego Padres.

Coming into the game, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave Greinke a pitch limit of around 100; Greinke ended up throwing 89 pitches, 59 for strikes.

"With the effort he put into it from the first batter on, we felt like him finishing at 89 pitches was a good outing for him," said Roenicke after the game.

Greinke had excellent control over his pitches the entire game. He gave up just five hits and did not walk a single batter. He only reached a count with three balls twice in his six innings of work.

His fastballs topped at 94 mph, while his curveballs sat around 66 mph, a speed differential of 29 mph. He threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of the 23 batters he faced.

Greinke even did work with his bat, as his infield hit in the second inning put Jonathan Lucroy into scoring position for Rickie Weeks.

The home win over the Padres comes after the Brewers dropped eight of 10 in their last road trip.