Los Angeles Dodgers starter Zack Greinke has built some great momentum heading into the All-Star break. A winner in his last five starts, Greinke has not given up a run in three of those games and for the second straight start only allowed two hits as the Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 1-0.
In the Dodgers 10th sellout of the season Greinke lowered his ERA to 3.49 with 80 of his 110 pitches going for strikes in a complete game shutout. This was the 13th complete game of his career and the 6th by a Dodgers starter in 2013.
The only run of the game came on a Hanley Ramirez groundout in the first inning that scored Skip Schumaker. The bullpen’s were not used for either team as both starting pitchers were good. Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood was the tough luck loser tossing eight innings only giving up four hits.
With the win the Dodgers have now won 17 of the last 21 games which makes them the hottest team in Major League Baseball by far. The All-Star break may come at a bad team for how hot the team has been but it will be a much needed few days of rest for a group of guys that are banged up.
WP: Zack Greinke (8-2)
LP: Tyler Chatwood (5-3)
Mark Ellis exited the game in the bottom of the eighth inning after fouling a pitch off the area directly below his left knee. Ellis actually reached on an error in the at-bat but was pulled after he determined that he would be unable to score from first on a ball in the gap. X-rays were negative and he hopes he can play tomorrow.
Greinke stole a base for the second time in his career Saturday. The other came in 2011 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. It was also the first stolen base by a Dodgers pitcher since June of 2011 when it was accomplished by Ted Lilly.Tweet