The second batter reached on a broken-bat blooper into shallow right field. After getting the first of his five strikeouts, Green walked Carlos Belen. After a second strikeout, it appeared Greene would get out of the inning when a softly hit ball came off the bat of Justin Lopez. But the hit fell softly behind the mound and by the time shortstop Jose Garcia reached it a run had scored and everyone was safe.
Greene started the second with a strikeout, but Jalen Washington started a three-run rally with a soft liner to center for a single. After another walk, an infield single and a flare into shallow right produced two runs. A wild pitch allowed the fourth.
“There’s only one hard-hit ball out of the six,” Greene said. “A lot of guys got jammed, broken bats, dinkers, not the best hits, so I can’t be mad at that. I’ve just got to focus on what I can control. Overall, I thought I did OK.”
Greene said that pitching coach Seth Etherton was pleased with the progress from his last start to this one.
“He told me after the game, ‘Hey man, I think that you executed a lot better,’” Greene said.
Greene’s numbers: two innings, six hits, four earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts.
“My fastball movement downhill was great; my action was different,” he said. “I stayed over the rubber more, I stayed on my backside more, stayed closed even more than I did in my previous innings pitched, my mechanics were a lot better. I executed my pitches — just some of them fell for hits.”
Greene has 17 strikeouts in eight innings. But he’s also allowed 13 runs and has a 14.63 earned run average.
“I have a short-term memory, which is great in the game of baseball,” he said. “It just takes me a couple of minutes to get over it and be able to move on and look forward to another day.”
Greene’s next start will be on the road. His pitch limit Saturday was three innings or 65 pitches.
“It will gradually go up,” he said. “But as of now I can’t worry about what they’re thinking. I’ve just got to be able to perform and do what the ballclub says and understand their process and what they want to do with me.”
By contrast, Fort Wayne starter Emmanuel Ramirez is 23 and has been in the San Diego organization since 2012. He threw 93 pitches in his first start for the TinCaps after starting the season in the advanced Class California League. He pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowed three hits and struck out 10.
Dayton at Burlington, 7:30 p.m.