PuigSVS0516

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 0: Van Slyke and Greinke Lead The Way

PuigSVS0516

After nearly a month’s break, the Dodgers picked up where they left off against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, winning by a score of 7-0.

The game started a bit slow and frustrating, as the Dodgers’ bats failed to cash in on three walks in the first two innings. Yasiel Puig then woke up the Dodger offense against Wade Miley with a solo shot in the third. I’m not a huge fan of citing hitting streaks, but Puig now has a hit in fifteen straight games and has extra-base hits in eight straight games. Good lord. He added a single and a double tonight, raising his season wRC+ to 187. If it wasn’t for Troy Tulowitzski being ridiculous, we’d probably start hearing “MVP candidate” type talk for Puig. He’s been that good.

In the fourth inning, Scott Van Slyke doubled and A.J. Ellis drove him in with a bloop single. Zack Greinke then doubled to the right field gap, somehow scoring Ellis from first. After a single later in the game, Greinke’s 2014 batting line is up to .250/.333/.438. That’s good for a 119 wRC+. That’s still behind last season’s pace, but it’s fun to keep up with.

Van Slyke added a bomb to dead center in the sixth for his sixth extra-base hit (and third homer) against Miley this year. The homer traveled 454 feet, surpassing Puig’s shot in Miami for the longest Dodger homer of the year thus far. Miley exited after six innings. He allowed four runs while striking out three Dodgers and walking three more. The Dodgers have now scored 12 runs against Miley in 16 innings so far this season.

Greinke backed up his success with the bat with success on the mound, though in a different way than usual. He gave up no runs and five hits in eight innings. He struck out six and walked two batters. He wasn’t able to match his 22 swinging strike performance from last week, only inducing nine tonight. However, he forced the Diamondbacks to keep the ball on the ground (68% ground ball rate) and generated mostly weak contact. It’s hard to complain much about that. Greinke’s streak of starts allowing two runs or fewer is now 21 games long, matching his uniform number.

The Dodgers scored three runs off of the Diamondbacks’ bullpen, and Brian Wilson got some work in the ninth inning. His velocity was higher than it was during Wednesday’s rout, closer to his normal average velocity of 93-94. Wilson walked one batter but made it through the ninth inning otherwise unscathed.

The win pushes the Dodgers’ record against the Diamondbacks this season to 8-1. Tomorrow’s game starts early; Clayton Kershaw will face Chase Anderson at 5:10 Pacific time.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


174 comments
Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

it really is time to go on a little winning streak here. time to close the gap, please. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

Wade Miley is my favorite non-Dodgers player 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

DINGERS was laid out but after reading this post ZOMG

DINGERS! DINGERS! DINGERS!

Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy

Great recap! Fun to watch, satisfying to read about the next morning. 

Guitar
Guitar

now watching Apt Pupil-- or as Brad Renfro's friends and family privately call it "the beginning of the end"


I'm split on whether I'm going to watch that X Men film. Singer took an enormous crap all over the franchise since day one in 2000. I don't really want to watch another Jackman-as-miscast-boring-Wolverine lead movie, but I also LOVE the X Men...



GO DODGERS.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Another way to prevent me from ever sleeping: mouse noises.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Nothing like finding a giant white spider in your apartment to ensure that you will never sleep ever again.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Disgruntled Goat  They've (quietly) won 3 of 4. Hard to remember after what happened on Wednesday.

TheDeliMan
TheDeliMan

@DBrim  how many times have you considered building your own high powered, circular saw bug vacuum?  If the answer is "many, many times" than we are in the same boat

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Iron Brian  Dodgers are 6 for 9, and have been successful for their last six times in a row.

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

33 percent right now. Actually down from 36 earlier in the week.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I own a device which looks like a tennis racket, but the wires are electrified. Kills bugs instantaneously and makes a very loud pop and spark.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Barney G @Disgruntled Goat  my problem with having a "league average" "back of the rotation" veteran guy signed is that the manager and gm are going to be obligated to use him. when your emergency or 6th starter guy comes from AAA or what have you, your options are much wider (if you have guys there). you can use the best one at the time with, probably as good of results. 

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

@Disgruntled Goat @Barney G Yeah I wasn't too thrilled with the signing but I figured he'd be average and it was only a one year deal. But they just can't have him start anymore if they want to go on a winning streak.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Livefyre didn't show the first reply so I made the second one.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

It is not.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Not really.

TheDeliMan
TheDeliMan

@DBrim  Is it effective on spiders that hug the spaces where a wall meets the ceiling?