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Dodgers 9, Cardinals 1: Zack Greinke’s Dominance Softens Blow of Best/Worst Inning

More important things happened later in the game, but this is how today’s rout of the Cardinals began:


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The three defensive miscues shown resulted in the Dodgers pushing a run across in the bottom of the first inning. That run was fluky, but the Dodgers’ six runs in the second were not. Cardinal starter Lance Lynn appeared to be dealing with a blister, but he remained in the game as he threw 45 pitches in the inning. Justin Turner, A.J. Ellis, Dee Gordon, and Andre Ethier all hit doubles (Gordon’s shot would have been a sure triple had it not bounced over the fence). The inning could have been even more prolific, but Gordon was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a wild pitch. The play was reviewed to check if Lynn was blocking the plate, but the original call was upheld since Lynn was in the process of catching the ball.

Despite the runs, the second inning was also painful for the Dodgers, both literally and figuratively. Turner limped into second base on his double and was immediately removed for pinch-runner Miguel Rojas. The Dodgers later announced that Turner strained his left hamstring on the play, so he’s probably out for awhile. Hanley Ramirez was running gingerly as he scored later in the inning, and was removed from the game after the play. Hanley was added to the lineup at the last second due to his shoulder injury, but according to the Fox broadcast he was dealing with cramping in his legs earlier in the game. There hasn’t been any word on the severity of whatever injury he may have sustained (UPDATE: Following the game, Dylan Hernandez reported that Hanley was removed due to “tightness” in his calf).

The players weren’t the only casualties:

Bundy will now sit out of the next seven games before being sent to the disabled list.

The offense was relatively quiet for the rest of the game, though Gordon added another double (which could have been a triple if Greinke wasn’t running in front of him) and an infield single. The Dodgers didn’t score again until the eighth, capitalizing on more defensive issues to add a couple more runs. Overall, the Cardinal bullpen did an excellent job after Lynn’s early departure.

Perhaps lost among the offense and the injuries is how dominant Zack Greinke was today. He entered the game in a bit of a slump of consecutive ineffective outings, but he allowed just one run in seven innings this afternoon while striking out ten batters and not walking any. All of Greinke’s pitches were working this afternoon, but his slider and changeup were a great 1-2 offspeed punch. They run in opposite directions, and he was using both against either handedness of batter with nearly equal effectiveness. It was really impressive.

The dominance was clear early as Greinke struck out the side in the first inning. The only run came on a Matt Carpenter solo home run in the third. Greinke’s only other trouble was in the fifth inning, when Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso both singled (half of Greinke’s hits allowed) and were bunted into scoring position. Greinke then struck out Matt Carpenter on an excellent slider to end the threat.

Even Paul Maholm got into the act, striking out the first two batters he faced. Chris Perez labored through the ninth inning, walking two batters and hitting one.

Oh, and there’s this:

It’s hard to get much better than that.


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.


625 comments
DBrim
DBrim moderator

Enjoying the TLR'd posts from last night

chinesegoku2223
chinesegoku2223

EA is hitting well so far in AAA..... at least this gives some hope that he isn't totally useless. 

efb
efb

LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

I read somewhere (Grant I think?) that the last time the dodgers lost and the giants won in the same day was June 12

InsideThePark (Fulton County)
InsideThePark (Fulton County)

I can't refresh McCovey Chronicles fast enough.

but in the meantime I peaked into the game thread.... meltdown, car wreck... yeesh.... tough way to lose.

BIah
BIah

Are the Giants on pace for an 8-42 streak?

KMT59
KMT59

damn 11:20 gotta get up at 6:40...for sure night all

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Thing is, the way the Giants have been playing, the Dodgers might as well be tied for the division lead, equal in the win column, Giants will lose 2 to make up the ground

 tomato
tomato

"The Giants ruin your Saturday Night"

Johnnyswing
Johnnyswing

To quote Deniro from Good fellas: "Look at this genius!"

BIah
BIah

@Mike Petriello I guess there's something about scheduling that makes Sunday off-days impractical?  I never knew about this

InsideThePark (Fulton County)
InsideThePark (Fulton County)

worth the wait.

"And in a month of losses that made you throw things, here was the throw-thingiest loss of the year."

I LOVE THIS GUY.

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

Right before Machi melted down, someone there posted "Anyone else feel like this is Machi's audition for closer?"

Superba
Superba

@InsideThePark (Chavez Ravine) My favorite part:

"Remember when the Padres had an insurmountable lead in 2010, but it turned out they just weren't very good?

★★★

Just checking."

Johnnyswing
Johnnyswing

They get the Cards, Padres and A's this week

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

Kinda goes to show how ridiculous the 42-8 streak was.

 tomato
tomato

@PagansOedipalComplex 

Simmons bothers me.  I get he turned his blog shit into an empire, but his bias schtik doesn't belong on national media shows.  Give him his grantland/column crap, but leave him off the tv set.

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

He's entertaining enough most of the time, and his site is pretty valuable, especially with some of the other guys who contribute there (Zach Lowe, Jonah Keri).

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

Also, his reaction to the Napier trade during the draft was one of the most hilarious things I've seen on live TV.