The defeats over the previous two days felt like something from the distant past. Zack Greinke was pitching which these days equates to an automatic victory for the Dodgers.
With Greinke taking a shutout into the ninth inning the Dodgers won their sixth consecutive game started by their $147-million co-ace a 6-2 victory over the inexperienced and overmatched Chicago Cubs on Monday at Dodger Stadium.
This almost looked unfair as one of baseball's best pitchers did more or less whatever he wanted to one of the National League's sorriest teams.
"Location was good defense was good" Greinke said. "It was a fun game all the way around."
Greinke faced one batter more than the minimum over the first seven innings and held the Cubs scoreless until he served up a two-run double to Brian Bogusevic with two out in the ninth.
Smiling Greinke lamented the loss of the shutout.
"It was frustrating" he said. "I made some good pitches."