The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 at Busch Stadium Monday night despite playing without Hanley Ramirez, who has been their hottest hitter.
Ramirez injured his shoulder Sunday afternoon and was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. However, prior to Monday’s game, Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez would forgo an MRI for now as he had shown signs of improvement. Ramirez is still experiencing soreness and is considered day-to-day.
Zack Greinke pitched 6 1/3 strong innings (photo credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)
Though you may be tired of hearing about it and simply expect it by now, the Dodgers extended their consecutive road wins mark to 15, two shy of the all-time record set by the Detroit Tigers in 1984. They are 15-2 since the All Star break and
32-7 in their last 39 games.
Having his scheduled start pushed back to Monday, Zack Greinke earned every bit of his 100th career win as he worked himself out of two jams in consecutive innings and managed to drive in the deciding run all while increasing his batting average back over .400.
He first escaped a bases loaded jam in the third inning and with runners on first and third with no outs in the fourth inning, Greinke got a strike out, a bunt out, and another strike out, preserving the 2-1 Dodger lead.
Continuing his streak of swinging a hot bat, Greinke singled in Nick Punto with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to extend the Dodgers lead to 3-1.
Due to Kenley Jansen being used to close out three of the four wins in Chicago, the task of closing out the Cardinals was placed on Paco Rodriguez, who performed admirably. Bouncing back from some recent control struggles against the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, he pitched two innings, without allowing a hit or run, earning his second career save.
For a team that once struggled to win one-run games, the Dodgers appear to have rectified the issue, winning their last 10 one-run games.
As Mattingly said afterward, “We’re playing well.” That wasn’t just a manager sticking up for his team; the Dodgers truly are playing quite well. They are responding to any adversity with resilience and a never quit attitude that is becoming of champions.
Baseball is as much a mental game as it is physical. The boys in blue are hot, and they know it.