Found July 09, 2013 on Suicide Squeeze:
Zack Greinke (pictured here during a home game) loves to swing the bat. Greinke was 3-for-3 in Arizona on Monday night, raising his batting average for the season to .370. Greinke also pitched 7 shutout innings in improving his record to 7-2. (Image source: Associated Press at http://thesuicidesqueeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/460x.jpg) Zack Greinke had been shaky his last few outings, though the backing of the Dodger offense had helped him to victories most of the time even when Greinke wasn’t his sharpest. Monday night in Phoenix was a different story.  Not only was Greinke effective, but he out-hit the Diamondbacks during the seven innings he was in the game by a count of 3-2 Hitting was definitely the theme of the night for the Dodgers, who out-hit the Diamondbacks overall by a count of 17-4 and outscored them 6-1.  While this was not the Dodgers’ most efficient offensive output of the season (they left 11 men on base,) it was more than enough to back Greinke on a night when he gave one of this best efforts of the season. The scoring started in the top of the fourth.  With one out, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier singled.  A.J. Ellis flew out to center field, then Juan Uribe came up with a two out single to center that scored Ramirez and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers resumed their attack in the top of the fifth.  Greinke led off with a single, then after a Crawford fly-out, Yasiel Puig followed up with a single for this second hit of the game. Adrian Gonzalez also singled to score Greinke, then a Hanley Ramirez base-hit plated Puig to make the score 3-0.  Ramirez was caught trying to stretch the single to a double, then Ethier grounded out to end the inning. The Dodgers didn’t finish their surge there.  In the top of the seventh after two outs and a walk to Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier’s double to right scored Gonzalez, then A.J. Ellis’s single to short right plated Ethier and the Dodger lead extended to 5-0. The Dodgers did not score in the top of the eighth, but interestingly did elect to send Zack Greinke to the plate even though he had thrown his last pitch of the day.  Greinke responded with a single and finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.  His pitching line?  7 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits and 2 walks to go with 7 strikeouts. Paco Rodriguez struck two batters out in a 1-2-3 eighth.  The Dodgers picked up an insurance run on an A.J. Ellis RBI single in the 9th.  The Diamondbacks scraped together a Paul Goldschmidt single, a fielders’ indifference and an Eric Chavez double to score their lone run off Jose Dominguez in the bottom of the 9th before Martin Prado flew out to Andre Ethier to end the game. Greinke picks up the win, improving his record to 7-2 while his ERA falls to 3.91.  Randall Delgado picks up the loss, falling to 1-3.  Delgado gave up 3 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings while watching his ERA climb to 3.82. Also of note: Hanley Ramirez’s 3-for-5 night extended his hitting streak to 19 and his batting average to .419. The Dodgers continue their three game set in Arizona tonight at Chase Field, a 6:40 p.m. start local time.  Ricky Nolasco makes his first start for the Dodgers.  He’ll face Ian Kennedy (3-4, 5.16 ERA) who has had his share of problems this season but tends to pitch tough games against Los Angeles. Related articles Greinke is on the mark as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks (bnd.com) Greinke gets payback as Dodgers down D’backs (oddonion.com) This article has been read (0) times
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Greinke shows D-backs pitching will be paramount

PHOENIX -- The All-Star break -- baseball's unofficial halfway mark -- is still a week away, but Zack Greinke displayed Monday what is likely to be the difference down the stretch in a wide-open NL West race. Greinke carved up the Diamondbacks lineup with seven shutout innings in a 6-1 Dodgers win, further supporting the premise that pitching will as usual be the decisive factor...
ROC THE WORLD

Jay-Z's next client target: Yasiel Puig

In only a few short months, Jay-Z and Roc Nation have put together quite the list of high-profile clients, and now they reportedly have their sights set on the Dodgers phenom. 

Yasiel Puig disrespects former World Series hero

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images The debate will continue whether Yasiel Puig should go to the All-Star game or not until MLB finds a way to place him on the NL roster. Of course that has little to do with the way the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder gave Luis Gonzalez the cold shoulder on Monday. As Dan Dickley reported on Wednesday the Dodgers youngster ignored the former...

Dodgers have released the best/worst Yasiel Puig All-Star plug ever

The Dodgers want Yasiel Puig to be an All-Star. Yasiel Puig wants Yasiel Puig to be an All-Star. They are both desperate. This is the only reason I can think of that this plug happened. Regardless, I’ve never been more grateful for whatever string of awesome/terrible decision making led to this. 1) Puig can talk to animals. 2) Puig can do … things blindfolded. 3) Puig can...

Dodgers' Greinke gets pinch-hit call vs. DBacks

Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke drew a walk in the 10th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks after the Dodgers ran low on position players. The Dodgers were already down a player with second baseman Skip Schumaker serving the first game of a two-game suspension and had one position player left after rallying to tie the game at 5-all in the ninth inning Wednesday night. Instead...

Might Matt Kemp's injury not even matter to the surging Dodgers?

Writing the Los Angeles Dodgers off in April (as some may have done) was probably a mistake, if for no other reason than it was so early in the schedule. There was so much more baseball to be played.  We also didn't know how the Dodgers' competition in the NL West would play. The Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants had a chance to bury the Dodgers after they had dug such...

D-backs send Kennedy against Nolasco, Dodgers

Following weeks of uncertainty, Ricky Nolasco was sent to the surging Dodgers over the weekend. He appears more than pleased with how everything played out. Nolasco will try to come out strong in his Dodgers debut Tuesday night opposite Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy, who played a big role in last month's brawl between the two clubs. After several teams showed interest in...

Nolasco strong, Dodgers beat D-backs

Ricky Nolasco looked right at home in Dodger blue. The right-hander made a sparkling debut for surging Los Angeles on Tuesday night, limiting Arizona to four hits in seven innings in a 6-1 victory, the Dodgers' 14th win in 17 games. "I was pretty pumped up," Nolasco said. "I haven't been that locked in in a long time. It worked out great. I was able to make...

Is Yasiel Puig ever going to learn the game of baseball?

YASIEL PUIG HAS MADE A NUMBER OF MENTAL ERRORS—IMPULSIVE ONES MOSTLY—WHICH COMMENTATORS LIKE JOE GARAGIOLA,  JOE BUCK AND OUR OWN VIN SCULLY HAVE TAKEN HIM OVER THE COALS FOR. BUT I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU: WHY IS IT THAT NO ONE BLAMES THE COACHES FOR PUIG MAKING THE SAME “WILD STALLION” MISTAKES OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN?? IF HE‘S BEEN TOLD ABOUT IT BY THE DODGERS’...

D-backs' Gibson, Dodgers' Puig peas in a pod

PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibson sees a lot of his younger self in rambunctious, sometimes reckless Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig. He approves. "That's refreshing to watch," said Gibson, the Diamondbacks manager. "Honestly, even from an opponent's point of view, that's refreshing." Former Tigers manager Sparky Anderson once said Gibson played 150 percent at...

Scout.com Player of the Week: Clayton Kershaw

With two wins this week for the red-hot Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw has helped the Boys in Blue claw out of the cellar, and he's not done yet.

Schumaker's suspension upheld

Major League Baseball has upheld a two-game suspension of Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Skip Schumaker for his involvement in a fight with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Schumaker served the first game of his suspension Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks and was expected to be out of the lineup again Thursday against Colorado. Schumaker was one of eight people suspended after...

Miguel Montero gives Yasiel Puig finger wag after collision (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Yasiel Puig made a rookie mistake on Tuesday, and Miguel Montero taught the youngster a lesson. Puig ignored his third base coach when he tried to score from first on a fly ball to center by Adrian Gonzalez in the top of the 5th of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ [...]

Ian Kennedy: Yasiel Puig plays with a lot of arrogance

Your browser does not support iframes. Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig made a rookie mistake on Tuesday night when he tried to score from first on a dropped fly ball to center in the top of the 5th. The relay throw from Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorious beat Puig by several steps, and all [...]
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.