Yankees-Diamondbacks Preview

May 18, 2016

One of the Arizona Diamondbacks' offseason additions took an encouraging step forward in their second game against the New York Yankees to help secure their first series win against the AL club since the 2001 World Series.

They're hoping another new arm can do the same Wednesday night at home as the Diamondbacks try to secure a three-game sweep.

Zack Greinke led Arizona (19-23) to Tuesday's 5-3 win by allowing three runs in seven innings and trimming his ERA from 5.26 to 5.08.

Shelby Miller is next up having turned in a few starts that haven't been great but have at least dropped his ERA. Miller (1-4, 6.94 ERA) gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of Friday's 3-1 home loss to San Francisco.


The right-hander has gone 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last two starts and limited himself to four walks in 11 2/3 innings. That's not ideal, but it's better than the absurd 11.68 walks per nine innings he'd averaged over his previous four starts.

Even so, falling behind caught up to him again as Joe Panik hit a 3-0 pitch for a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

"I thought he threw the ball well," manager Chip Hale said. "Panik ambushed him there 3-0. Other than that, he threw the ball well."

Miller had all sorts of problems in his only career start against the Yankees, surrendering seven runs and nine hits in five innings of a 7-4 loss on May 28, 2014. Jacoby Ellsbury is 3 for 3 against him, but newcomer Starlin Castro (1 for 11 with four strikeouts) and Brian McCann (1 for 8) have struggled.

Miller faces Nathan Eovaldi, whose last start was quite a bit like his counterpart's but ended with a victory. Eovaldi (3-2, 4.85) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings of Thursday's 7-3 home win over Kansas City.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA in his last four starts and felt the numbers in his latest weren't indicative of his stuff.

"I felt really good out there," Eovaldi told MLB's official website. "I felt I got hit around when I was ahead in the counts tonight, but overall I'm really pleased with the outing. I thought our guys did a great job offensively and on defense."

He's 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts against the Diamondbacks, all of which have come in Arizona with Paul Goldschmidt going 2 for 10 with four strikeouts.

Arizona has won the first two games to secure its first ever regular-season series win over the Yankees. The Diamondbacks beat New York in the World Series 15 years ago, but their regular-season record stands at 6-11 with three straight wins.

The Diamondbacks had lost five straight before the start of this series. Goldschmidt was 2 for 3 after going 2 for 18 in his previous five games. Jean Segura and Nick Ahmed are 4 for 9 in the series. The latter entered with a .125 average in his prior 20 games.

New York (16-22) will again have to wait for its first road series win. The Yankees are 4-12 away from home with 2.7 runs per game and a .215 average.