MILWAUKEE Before the All-Star break, Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke became just the second pitcher since 2002 to start back-to-back games when an ejection in the first inning of last Saturday's loss to Houston prompted Milwaukee to use him two days in a row.
But on Friday, Greinke is bettering his own accomplishment. With the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates in town, the Brewers' ace is getting the team's first start after the All-Star break, which makes him the first pitcher to accomplish that feat in one season since Red Faber in 1917.
Faber pitched both games of a doubleheader on Sept. 13, 1917, and came back to start again the next day.
In today's game, however, a second -- much less a third -- consecutive start is unheard of. And while the situation is one for the record books, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Friday's game it was simply an unusual set of circumstances that led to Greinke getting every start for a complete week.