There were two strikes in the count when Zack Greinke gripped his bat, dug in the batter's box and checked his swing. The call was close, so Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado pointed to the first base umpire for an appeal.
So did Greinke.
Typically, a hitter facing a potential third-strike call doesn't like to aid its arrival, but with the way Greinke was pitching, what difference did it make? The appeal did not work in Greinke's favor — he was called out on strikes — but that just meant he could get back to the mound.