greinke_2014-04-12

Dodgers 8, D’Backs 5: Arizona Is Bad And They Should Feel Bad

greinke_2014-04-12

I’d like to say that a win is a win is a win, that as long as the Dodgers get the W, none of the rest of it matters. In some sense, that’s true, I guess. That is the most important thing. But I can’t really pretend that’s all I’m taking from tonight’s 8-5 victory. The Diamondbacks, who were the only team in baseball with nine losses, are now the only team in baseball with 10 losses. They’re 4-10. They’re already five games out. They have the worst run differential in baseball.

They’re not the worst team in baseball, of course, (I… think?) and when all is said and done, I don’t think they’re even the worst team in the NL West. But with Patrick Corbin injured in spring, they entered the year in a hole, and now they’re in an even bigger hole. I’d like to say that doesn’t give me a small jolt of extra joy after the reaction to the pool thing, and Kevin Towers basically saying that he wished his pitchers had thrown at Dodgers, and all their talk about “grit,” and Kirk Gibson dumping on A.J. Ellis being sent to Australia on the goodwill tour, but you know what? It does. That probably makes me a bad person. Or maybe just a baseball fan who inexplicably supports one team over another team. Either way.

Anyway, enough about them. Zack Greinke was outstanding again, striking out eight without a walk for the second game in a row. On the season, Greinke’s K/BB is 21/2, which is of course outstanding. But, as he’s done in each of his starts — and twice in his second — Greinke made one mistake, allowing A.J. Pollock to take him deep in the fifth inning. But Pollock’s dinger was a solo shot, and — although he scattered eight hits — that’s what happens when you never walk anyone, ever. Solo homers aren’t the worst thing in the world. In Greinke’s three starts, he’s gone on a tour of most of the division, beating the Giants, Padres, and Diamondbacks. It’s really only because of the presence of Clayton Kershaw that Greinke doesn’t get talked about in the same way as the elite pitchers in the game. That’s unfortunate: he’s elite.

Also looking great: Adrian Gonzalez! Gonzalez hit his fourth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the third off of Wade Miley, and added a walk and a single. Yasiel Puig also got on three times (two hits and a walk), as did Drew Butera (!!) on the same combination, while Juan Uribe added three hits of his own, including a ninth-inning ball off the top of the wall that just barely missed going out. Matt Kemp went 0-4, but we’re only going to talk about the good things tonight.

But really, for all the good that happened: this game dragged. After the Dodgers went up 5-0 in the top of the fourth, it was never in doubt, but the teams combined to use 12 pitchers. Even a good thing like Chris Withrow striking out the side in his lone inning of work seemed to take forever, because it took 24 pitches. Overall, this one went well over three-and-a-half hours — no thanks, it should be added, to Brandon League, who came in with a six-run lead in the ninth and managed to mess things up so badly, giving up two hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch, that Kenley Jansen actually had to come in and clean things up for the final out. When you wonder, if you ever do, if anything is wrong with Jansen, note that this was his MLB-leading eighth game of the season already. Thanks, Brandon!

Anyway, a win. And there’s one more tomorrow: Dan Haren faces Trevor Cahill, who has been awful.


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


378 comments
Purple Drank
Purple Drank

aww no Greinke against SF. We get Beckett-Maholm-Ryu


and everybody on the internet will wonder why SF owns us when we give up 14 runs in the first 2 games

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Matt Carpenter just misplayed an easy ground ball

the right way

DBrim
DBrim moderator

WTF it was supposed to be 70 today and it's 45.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

got to run some errands and get an early lunch so i can be back for game time. see you. 

ALVX
ALVX

@DBrim  channeling his inner Vicente Padilla

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@Purple Drank  WEll be ok with Buckett. Now Maholm is another dawg entirely. One that shlould be fitted with a flea collar

Shroom
Shroom

@a potato  I must be the only person that isn't creaming myself over Stanton. 

the great dick tater
the great dick tater

@Catfishin @a potatohis per 162 game averages are pretty absurd, especially given how poor of a park/line-up he plays in. In a better park and better lineup he is one of the few guys in the league who has the ability to slug .600 or better and he's only 24.