You know Greinke went for the money this year and maybe he doesn’t regret it with his 210 million dollars. He can’t be happy though with the lousy team he inherited. He may be rich with money but is very poor with wins. This is the last time the Dodgers will see him this season and they said goodbye by defeating him again, sending him home to the golf course thoroughly depressed.
The Dodgers still had trouble scoring runs though on Friday evening in the second game of the four game series against Arizona at Chase Field. However their 3 runs were just enough as the boys in blue squeaked out a win over the Snakes by a 3-2 score to even the series. The Dodgers got to turncoat Zack Greinke early by scoring two runs in the first inning and made it stand up. They added one more in the fourth frame and starter Kenta Maeda turned in 5 effective innings to earn his fifteenth win of the season.
Two of the Dodger’s three runs were unearned thanks to a throwing error and a passed ball. The Dodger’s bullpen took care of things the rest of the way as the club used 6 pitchers (J.P. Howell, Josh Fields, Pedro Baez, Grant Dayton, Joe Blanton and Kenley Jansen) to pitch the final 4 frames of the game. As of right now the Giants are besting the Cardinals 8-2 in the ninth inning. Regardless of that outcome the Dodgers retain their 4 game advantage over the Giants and reduced their magic number to 12 to win the NL West. This is the second time in less than two weeks that the Dodgers have beaten traitor Greinke. Here’s how it all played out in the desert.
The Dodgers struck first off of Zack Greinke in the top of the first. Greinke has incorporated some kind of weird pause in his delivery for some reason. It didn’t affect the Dodger hitters. Chase Utley leads off the game with a double to right field. With Corey Seager at the plate, Greinke uncorked a wild pitch that sent Utley to third.
After Seager struck out, Justin Turner tripled into the right field corner as the ball bounced past Yasmany Tomas. Utley scores and the Dodgers go up 1-0. Then with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate there is a passed ball that gets away from Snakes catcher wellington Castillo and Turner scores the second Dodger run. Gonzo worked a walk, but Yasmani Grandal grounded into a double play.
Dodgers 3 5 1
Dbacks 2 6 1
Kenta Maeda has a nice easy 123 inning in the top of the first, then lost it in the second inning. With one out, Castillo singled to center, and Maeda walks Tomas and Brandon Drury. Mitch Haniger’s ground out force play scores the first Dback run of the game, and that makes it a 2-1 score. Maeda would settle down and the Dodgers got out of the inning.
Move to the top of the fourth inning. Gonzo singles and after Yasmani Grandal’s force out, Josh Reddick’s walk forces Grandal to second. Defensive shortcomings would be the Dback’s undoing in this inning. Howie Kendrick’s grounder was a taylor made double play, but after getting the out at second, Jean Segura throws the ball away. That allows Gonzalez to score and the Dodgers take a 3-1 lead thanks to the Arizona error.
Maeda got into a little bit of trouble in the bottom of the fourth after issuing a single to Drury and a walk to Haniger. However Greinke’s force out ends the inning and keeps the Dodger’s lead intact. Maeda tosses a 123 fifth inning and then is removed. Maeda allows one earned run on 3 hits, walks 3 and strikes out 6.
More trouble for the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth. J.P. Howell enters the game and immediately allows a double to Jake Lamb. He’s then hooked and right hander Josh Fields is brought in. Fields walks Castillo but whiffs Tomas, Drury, and gets Haniger to fly out. Threat averted for the Dodgers. Zack Greinke is removed after 6 innings. He allowed 3 runs (one earned) on 4 hits, walked 4 and struck out 4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning Pedro Baez pitches around a Segura double to preserve the Dodger lead and we head to the eighth. The bottom half of the eighth is where years are taken off of our lives thanks to Joe Blanton, but the Dodgers narrowly escaped. After Grant Dayton whiffed Jake Lamb, Roberts brings in Blanton and the tom foolery begins. He walks Castillo, and then he strikes out Tomas. Then there is a wild pitch and he walks Drury. Then he walks Haniger to load the bases. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt has to come out and talk to him to settle him down. With Kenley Jansen warming in the bullpen he gets pinch-hitter Ricki Weeks to ground out and the Dodgers escape.
Move to the bottom of the ninth. In comes Kenley to secure the save. Segura flies out to right for the first out. Owings then triples into the gap and the Dodgers are in trouble again. Here comes up Goldschmidt who has struck out 3 times on the night. Kenley gets him to fly out deep for the second out, but Owings brings in the second run which makes the score 3-2 Dodgers. Finally Lamb grounds out into the shift and the Dodgers win it! Final score 3-2.
The Dodgers now improve to 83-64 and the magic number has been reduced to 12. The series in the desert continues Saturday night as rookie Brock Stewart takes on Shelby Miller at 5:10 PM. The Dodgers need to start scoring more runs again. That was way too close for comfort.