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#pounditFriday, October 30, 2020

Zack Greinke pokes fun at himself for getting picked off first base

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke didn’t exactly have his finest moment on the baseball diamond Tuesday, and he knows it.

The Houston Astros righty, who got a chance to play offense in an interleague game against the Milwaukee Brewers, reached first base on a single in the fifth inning, only to promptly get picked off by Milwaukee pitcher Jordan Lyles. After the game, Greinke discussed the play in tongue-in-cheek fashion.

“I was trying to steal,” said the former Cy Young winner, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. “Got nine career steals, trying to get 10. Don’t know if I’ll ever get there now. That was probably my last chance.

The 35-year-old Greinke also took the loss on Tuesday (his first as an Astro) to add insult to injury. Additionally, he had never been caught stealing before, thus lowering his career success rate on stolen bases from 100 to 90 percent.

If anything though, Greinke can take solace in the fact that his blunder on the basepaths wasn’t quite as bad as that of this fellow AL West player.

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