ethier_2014-05-14

Dodgers 6, Reds 3: Zack Greinke, Andre Ethier good

ethier_2014-05-14Who needs Matt Kemp anyway? (This is a sarcastic statement) Andre Ethier had two hits (a triple and a home run) and four RBI to help lead the Dodgers to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Tuesday night.

Zack Greinke brought his A-game for almost eight innings. He struck out 11 Reds in 7 2/3 innings. He ran into some trouble in the eighth inning, and his outing culminated with a 2-run home run allowed to Devin Mesoraco. Still, he was pretty brilliant — eight hits, three runs, zero walks and those 11 strikeouts.

Greinke gave up three earned runs or more for the first time in 23 starts, breaking his “streak” of 22 games — a streak he even questioned himself.

Kenley Jansen had one of his easiest outings of the season, as he struck out two batters and made just nine pitches. More of that, please.

Speaking of Kemp, he got a seemingly obligatory pinch-hit appearance after Scott Van Slyke replaced Carl Crawford in left field. Crawford rolled his left ankle chasing down a double into the left field corner. It looked pretty bad, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him end up on the disabled list. This means a few things:

1. Van Slyke is, surely, starting in left field tomorrow
2. Kemp earns a promotion to the team’s fourth outfielder
3. Joc Pederson is not going to be recalled if Crawford lands on the DL

And, just because a recap isn’t complete without it: Yasiel Puig went 1-for-2 with a walk and hit-by-pitch. He’s a full-fledged on-base machine.

The Reds (22-28) and Dodgers (29-24) concludes their 3-game series on Wednesday night as Homer Bailey (4-3, 5.34 ERA) takes on Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 3.49). First pitch is at 7:10 Pacific time.


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.


247 comments
moneynow27
moneynow27

Charlie Steiner said last night, quoting Mattingly, "Yasiel Puig is the best rightfielder in baseball."  We agree...(or I do, anyway.)

- Casey -
- Casey -

Acknowledging SSS (small sample size), did anybody predict having Chone Figgins still on the roster at this point in the year and sporting a nice .400 OBP?

moneynow27
moneynow27

This should be Joc Pederson's time, even if it's for a cup of coffee.  Why would he not come up with Crawford going to the DL?  Joc would start in CF, and Ethier would platoon with Kemp in LF.  The Dodgers are winning, and that's what really matters (to me).  I understand everyone liking Kemp as a player, and I get the emotional attachment to his style of play.  But it's time to move on and accept Mattingly's lineup card, esp. if we're winning games.

BIah
BIah

whoa, people are still awake.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Sigh.

nudibranch
nudibranch

Of the 5 current Dodgers starters, Beckett has the highest SIERA at 3.62 (Kershaw the lowest at 2.17).  The league average for NL starters is 3.73.  Hard not to like this rotation.

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

I can only guess what was discussed in that closed door meeting between Kemp and Mattingly.

Probably lots of cussing though.

At the end of the day, Donnie fills out the lineup card.

I heard Kemp's ankle isn't all the way back? I remember spraining my ankle at Yosemite, some 9 years ago? I know I don't have Dr. El Attrache or Dr. James Andrews on speed dial but my ankle/arch has never been the same.

Let the Matt Kemp in LF era begin. Carl will have to "slowly work his way" into the lineup but it's Matt's job to lose.

Also, whoever did the outfield warning track where the dirt meets the grass DS needs a disciplinary warning.

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

if Uribe was put on the DL right away, he'd be in the lineup tonight, not Chone.

Uribe woulda got that hit to third that old man Chone allowed to get past him.

Carl Crawford is never hurt.

#AlternateUniverse

#ContinuityProblems

Bull Doggy Dogg
Bull Doggy Dogg

so, uh, i missed the game and am getting confused about kemp-- is there more info? 5 games feels like more than just bad defense... keep him healthy to trade him? feels like there's something else going on here...

BIah
BIah

How has having 4 writers for DD worked out?  Do they have a schedule?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@moneynow27 I just don't think that the solution to "We don't have enough space to play all of our outfielders" is to... call up another outfielder.

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

@RoyceHibbert I think at this point, Uribe has proven himself, when Uribe contract is up after 2015 we can find a capable SS and move Ramirez to 3B then. Hanley will also be older and more likely willing to accept a move to the position

BIah
BIah

@Bull Doggy Dogg there surely is, it's just that nobody knows what it is.  No more info at the current moment

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Either way, it's still better than the "not having a .400 OBP" alternative.

Bull Doggy Dogg
Bull Doggy Dogg

@BIah huh. considering the shit reporters manage to dig up i'm surprised how relatively quiet whatever this is is staying.

BIah
BIah

@MSTIer: Jake @BIah thanks for the offer, I don't think my drawing abilities are at a level where people would pay to seem them though