Greinke & the Dodgers dominant in Game 1
The last time Zack Greinke saw the Diamondbacks, we’ll say…it didn’t end on pleasant terms. The Dbacks and Dodgers got into one of the biggest bench clearing brawls of this season after Ian Kennedy threw high at Greinke in retaliation for a previous batter he hit when pitching. Some questioned how Greinke would bounce back in this matchup against Arizona. In short, he single handidly tried to outhit the Dbacks. That speaks volumes about a pitching performance.
RHP Randall Delgado got the start for the Dbacks. Delgado kicked off strong and confidently, but by the 4th inning he was already getting himself into a dangerous jam. The Dodgers did a great job of playing small ball against the righty, moving runners into scoring position and extending innings. Delgado gave up one run in the 4th after a series of singles by Ramirez, Ethier, and Uribe, but he got out of the inning with two runners left on base.
In the 5th, Delgado allowed a leadoff hit by his counterpart Greinke. It was the first of a career high three hits the pitcher would go on to have throughout the game. In fact, I received a text message from an enraged Dodgers fan who is also a friend of mine during Greinke’s first AB reminding me that he was hitting .292 and that the pitcher should be allowed to swing away instead of bunting. He was right, because by the 8th inning, Greinke alone had more hits than the Dbacks as a team.
Delgado continued to allow a succession of singles through the 5th, giving up 4 more hits and 2 more runs. He eventually lasted 6 innings, giving up a total 3 ER by way of 11 hits. He struck out 3 and didn’t walk anyone. The Dodgers as a team beat up on the Dbacks pitching crew all night, including Charles Brewer who gave up two runs in relief. The Dodgers totaled 17 hits as a team, with this being the 6th game out of the last 8 for L.A. Where they have tallied up 13 hits or more. MLB sensation Yasiel Puig went 2 for 5 with two singles. They are on a roll to say the least.
Gibson on Delgado after the game. “He didn’t throw the ball bad at all. He had three jam shots out that they scored on runs. They had a lot of pressure on us and swung the bats good. But he held us in there.” In regards to Greinke’s dominance, “He had a good two seemer working. He had a good cutter. He had a good slider. He had a good curveball. He had a good slider. What more do you need?”
He was just in control.”
Greinke, on the other hand, looked sharp and in prime form. By the end of the 2nd, he had already struck out Hill, Goldschmidt, Chavez, and Prado. All of his pitches had good movement all night long. Greinke kept the Dbacks hitless through the 4th inning, giving up a single to Goldy which never turned into a threat.Greinke then gave up the only other hit of his outing to to a Martin Prado double in the 7th.
“The last start was terrible,” Greinke stated. “Worked on some stuff in between starts, and I felt good. I didn’t know how good the command would be with it, and it was’t perfect, but I didn’t miss over the plate too often.” In regards to his 3 hit night, Greinke smiled “It felt good all the way around. Some pitches over the plate made it possible.”
Greinke’s final line showed 7.0 IP, with 2 H, 0 R, 7 K, and a big fat sack of payback for the Dbacks. He also had the aforementioned career high 3 hits. The Dodgers win game 1 of this critical series by a count of 6-1.