Battered by the Dodgers, Diamondbacks turn to Plan Z — Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke, center, of the Arizona Diamondbacks before his team faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of a National League division series on Friday. Greinke will start Game 3 on Monday. /Credit Harry How/Getty Images

By Karen Crouse | The New York Times

Zack Greinke sat at the far end of the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night and used his shiny silver suitcase, which was not much bigger than the strike zone, as a footstool. While sipping water from a bottle, Greinke drank in the scene as one teammate after another was encircled by reporters.

Arizona had just lost to Los Angeles, 8-5, to fall behind by two games to none in its best-of-five National League division series, and now Greinke, the Diamondbacks’ ace, was enjoying his last few moments on the fringes of the spotlight.

When the series shifts to Phoenix on Monday for Game 3 at Chase Field, the focus will turn to Greinke, whose poisonous darts represent the Diamondbacks’ last line of defense against a Dodgers team that produced 17 runs on 24 hits in Games 1 and 2. Los Angeles looks fully recovered from the second-half skid in which it lost 16 of 17 games beginning in late August.

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