greinke_2014-04-12

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2: A tale of two games, but still a loss

This game was pretty tame and boring until the ninth inning. The game was tied at one on the strength of solo home runs by Miguel Montero and Scott Van Slyke.

After that, it was like an entirely different game. Chris Withrow did this:

That would have been a hell of a way to lose a game. Luckily, Withrow was bailed out by everyone’s favorite Uribear.

Love you, Juan Uribe.

Unfortunately, temporary closer Chris Perez gave up two runs off the bat of Aaron Hill in the 12th inning to give the Diamondbacks a 4-2 win against the Dodgers.

Zack Greinke pitched well, despite not being terribly efficient with his pitches (105 pitches, 68 strikes in six innings). He gave up three hits, a run, two walks (his first since his season debut) and struck out a season-high eight batters. However, the home run bug bit him again, as he gave up a home run to Miguel Montero in the sixth inning. Thankfully, it was only a solo shot. But it was the fifth homer he’s allowed this season in 22 1/3 innings. Last season, he didn’t give up his fifth home run until June 27. Not sure what it means — other than a higher-than-average FIP — but it’s something to watch going forward.

The Dodgers didn’t do anything to help Greinke out, as they didn’t get their fourth hit off Diamondbacks’ starter Wade Miley until the fourth inning. They did draw five walks against Miley (seven walks total, including three by Yasiel Puig), but they couldn’t cash in any of them. They struck out eight times (11 times total), continuing their trend of not putting the ball in play — they’re seventh in baseball in highest strikeout percentage.

Kirk Gibson let Miley go back out for the seventh inning, and he promptly gave up a then game-tying homer to Van Slyke. Miley was already at 106 pitches through six innings and had his best outing of the season, but Gibson pressed it — and paid the price.

Oh, and this:

So, thanks for that, Gibby, even if it didn’t result in a victory.

Game 2 of the series is Saturday at 5:10 p.m. Pacific time. Mike Bolsinger (I know, who?) faces off against Dan Haren.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


33 comments
Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

18 comments? did this place blow up? Are you all dead?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Greinke had more strikeouts than total swings and misses last night. Weird.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

I knew I was gonna regret saying Perez looked good before the game yesterday.  :(  That loss was my fault, sorry everyone.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Good morning.

I'll go out on a limb and say because it's the Dodgers against an unknown pitcher, they'll get no-hit through seven.

SkepticNinja
SkepticNinja

I just saw SVS hit a Dinger.........he won't be seen again for a week

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Wiffrow poops on Uribe's would-be walk-off.

And then another extra innings LOSS.

HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex
HunterStricklandsOedipalComplex

The Dodgers are 3 games over .500 (and in a tie for the division lead) with Matt Kemp not hitting for average, no Kershaw, no semblance of a bullpen, having withstanded 3 bullpen meltdowns (Kenley BABIP's), being forced to start Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm, Ethier and Crawford having OBP's under .300, actual MLB fans cheering for actual an actual MLB team to carry Miguel Olivo

It really, really isn't that bad. Winning every game versus the DBacks wasn't going to happen

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

I don't even know who this guy is but he blocked me very swiftly after I called out a manual RT

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

This went up close to midnight AHT and it's only 8 out here. I should still be asleep.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello  I think people were having trouble with livefyre last night, but also the game ended super late.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

He's been getting a lot of called strikes. I thought it might be because of personal catcher Drew Butera but I guess not.

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

The benchmark for bat flips. Puig has some work to do.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@PagansOedipalComplex  Not to put too fine a point on it: we've seen games like this before, and we've also seen our team in goggles swimming in the AZ pool.

gobaers
gobaers

Would you say Kenley has a case of the BABIPs?