Zack Greinke certainly has the knack for pitching well in awkward situations. Monday night would be no different as he propelled the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In his first start against the Diamondbacks since the two teams played beanball on June 11th, Greinke shut down the opposing offense only allowing two hits. Not only was he solid on the mound, seven innings of shutout ball, Greinke’s night also included a perfect 3-for-3 to lift his batting average to .370 on the year.
The two best outings for Greinke this year came in returns to the home park of opposition that has had a problem with him. On June 22nd the former Cy Young winner threw eight innings only allowing one run against the San Diego Padres when he faced Carlos Quentin for the first time since Quentin broke Greinke’s collarbone.
At the very least Greinke was fired up to pitch telling the media before the game that he was anxious to pitch this game for the obvious reasons but also because the two teams are battling for the division.
The Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado looked sharp through the first three innings before he started to get a little wobbly in the fourth. With two on Juan Uribe would come up with the third single of the inning to score Hanley Ramirez to give the Dodgers the early 1-0 advantage.
In the fifth inning Greinke lead off with the first of his three single to start up the Dodgers offense that has had double digit hits in six of the last eight games. Three more singles in the inning would give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead and plenty of run support for their guy on the mound.
Andre Ethier had a big night with the bat with three hits including an RBI double in the seventh and would come around on an A.J. Ellis single. Ethier has been on a tear of late even though he has been overshadowed by both Ramirez and Yasiel Puig.
Since the arrival of Puig, amidst rumors that he would lose his job, Ethier has quietly hit .315 and during his current seven game hitting streak has gone 12-for-26 (.429). Monday night was no surprise to Dodgers fans since he is a career .333 hitter against the Diamondbacks who play in his hometown of Phoenix.
The win for the Dodgers moves them back to within 3.5 games behind the Diamondbacks with two more to play in the series. Tomorrow will be the Dodgers debut for Ricky Nolasco.
WP: Zack Greinke (7-2)
LP: Randall Delgado (1-3)
Yasiel Puig had two more hits giving him his 17th multi-hit game in only his 33rd career game. Puig is now tied with Mark Ellis for fifth best in hits for the entire team. With Matt Kemp at 3rd with 57 and Carl Crawford 4th with 55, Puig’s 54 could soon turn into the third most on the team with the announcement earlier today that Kemp would head to the DL.Tweet