D-backs' quartet relishes All-Star experience
Greinke (scoreless 6th), Lamb and Goldy play; Ray watches from bullpen
MIAMI -- One of baseball's best clubs over the first half had a chance to steal the spotlight late in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. But while Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt were unable to come through with a ninth-inning hit to lift the National League club to a walk-off win, the outcome -- a 2-1, 10-inning win by the American League -- didn't sour the stay in Miami for any of Arizona's four All-Star representatives.
Three of them appeared in the game, including Zack Greinke, who threw a scoreless sixth inning to preserve what was then a tie game. A four-time All-Star, Greinke put this experience above any of his previous ones.
"I thought it was all really good," Greinke said. "It was a fun game, a close game, an exciting game. It was more of a relaxing atmosphere where you're not stressing out at all about the results of the game."
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Lamb and Goldschmidt, both of whom entered as midgame substitutions, had an opportunity to change the ending when they came up with the winning run on base in the ninth. Lamb, with one out, drew a full-count walk off Craig Kimbrel in his only plate appearance. Goldschmidt, 0-for-6 lifetime against the Red Sox closer, flied out to deep center. The inning eventually ended with Yadier Molina stranded on third.
"I was on deck and having [Lamb] come up to the plate and having a chance to win it, I was just thinking how awesome it would be if he could get a hit out there," Goldschmidt said. "And if not, maybe I could get a hit and drive him in and get on base. He had an awesome at-bat there, working that walk. I was just trying to find a way on. Unfortunately, Kimbrel got me there."
Goldschmidt, an All-Star for the fifth time, finished the game 0-for-2.
"The thing that sticks out is playing with all these guys," Goldschmidt said. "It really is an honor. Those are not just words that you say. I have a lot of respect for these guys in this room."
Arizona's fourth All-Star, Robbie Ray, did not pitch. NL manager Joe Maddon said afterward that he was saving Ray for a possible multiple-inning appearance in extras.
"I'm just glad to be here," Ray said. "It's been awesome. It's really cool to be here with all these guys and some of the biggest names in baseball. It's a humbling experience."