GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke was hit hard by the Padres on Friday, allowing two runs in three innings on five hits, four of them for extra bases.
But Greinke, whose command is well documented, said it was just a case of aggressive hitters swinging at strikes early in the count.
"They were swinging at a lot of first-pitch fastballs, and my thought process is to adjust or keep working on what I've been doing in Spring Training," said Greinke. "Some guys trying to make the team know the pitchers are working on fastballs and don't take the pitches."
Greinke was happy with the quality of his pitches and continues working to improve when it comes to throwing changeups to right-handed hitters.
"You never want to give up a bunch of hits, but those were all fastballs for strikes," he said. "They should be hit. I don't think they hit any pitch that shouldn't be hit. If they were crushing pitches they shouldn't be hitting, I might be a little more worried."
Non-roster reliever Kevin Gregg pitched another scoreless inning, but Stephen Fife was given a blown save for allowing two runs in three innings, and top prospect Zack Lee took the loss after allowing a pair of ninth-inning runs on three hits and a balk, though he struck out two.