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Dodgers 7, Mets 4: Adrian Gonzalez, Have a Night

Before tonight’s 7-4 victory against the Mets, the big story was Zack Greinke‘s health. After tonight’s victory, though, the big story was Adrian Gonzalez‘ incredible performance.

In the fourth inning, after the Dodgers were down 3-0, Gonzalez went to the plate after Carl Crawford walked and stole second. Gonzalez singled Crawford home to cut the lead, then scored a run on an Erisbel Arruebarrena sacrifice fly. Gonzalez came to bat again in the fifth inning with Greinke and Crawford on base. Jacob deGrom, the Mets’ starter (who struggled a bit tonight in his first start after returning from the disabled list), threw Gonzalez a high and outside 96 mph fastball. Gonzalez somehow pulled it over the right field fence for a three run home run. Gonzalez’ lack of power after May has been disappointing, but that pitch proves that he still has some strength left. Gonzalez drove in another run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly, aided by a should-be error and an actual error (love you, Mets). After all was said and done, Gonzalez drove in five runs, which was enough to propel the Dodgers to victory.

Not to be overshadowed, though, is this:


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This was with a runner on third base and one out, so Gonzalez’ incredible stretch (and Dee Gordon‘s pick and throw after a bad throw from Miguel Rojas) saved a run. Greinke was really laboring at the time, so getting him back to the dugout was important.

Now, for the other big story. Zack Greinke, throwing with a tender elbow, wasn’t quite himself tonight. His velocity was fine, but he wasn’t striking batters out. In his seven innings pitched, Greinke struck out just four batters (two looking). However, he did induce eleven swinging strikes in 105 pitches, which is pretty good. Five of those swinging strikes came in the seventh inning alone, three by David Wright as he struck out to end a Mets threat.

Greinke’s fastball command wavered at times, but it was nowhere near as bad as it was his last time out. His only walk tonight was an intentional pass after falling behind in the count. Oddly, Greinke started out throwing only fastballs (his first sixteen pitches were either two or four seamers), but he did start mixing in off-speed pitches at a normal rate after that. He also allowed nine hits, which is about what you’d expect given the high number of balls put into play. It was definitely a battle for Greinke tonight.

However, the biggest problem Greinke had was not a new one. He allowed a three run home run by Juan Lagares in the fourth inning and a solo shot by Lucas Duda in the sixth. Those two home runs bring Greinke’s yearly total up to eighteen, second on the Dodger staff behind Dan Haren. The first home run could have been prevented if not for a Rojas error on a potential inning-ending double play, but Greinke still made the bad pitch afterwards.

Ultimately, the important thing is that Greinke survived. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear how he feels, though the fact that Don Mattingly left him in after a mound visit in the seventh is somewhat encouraging.

After Greinke’s exit, J.P. Howell got an out on three pitches, then Brian Wilson allowed runners to get to second and third before escaping the inning unscathed. Kenley Jansen closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning and two strikeouts.

The Dodgers will go for a sweep against hopefully-future-Dodger Bartolo Colon tomorrow afternoon. Kevin Correia will take the mound at 1:10PM Pacific Time.

In conclusion, here’s a dog wearing a Greinke jersey.

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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.


303 comments
BIah
BIah

I don't know if this is how quakes work, but at the very least, the silver lining is maybe the SF area fault line got relieved of some tension before it got too big?  A 6.1 is nothing to sneeze at but it didn't level the neighborhood at least

cabbiepimpin
cabbiepimpin

Wow. That was a very violent quake. I'm in Napa, few miles from epicenter. All seem to be OK in my neighborhood, but our street is buckled and completely impassable. No electric, no water. House is completely and utterly trashed. A bit speechless.

TheDeliMan
TheDeliMan

Large quake in the Bay Area.  Hope everyone is okay

InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)
InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)

when THIS team is scoring 7 runs, tough to beat.

Cannot play to level of the competition, hoping the Dodger bats stay hot and the home team gets the sweep!

REST

AZ

AZ

REST

someone hypnotize the team to think they're in Australia on Tue/Wed. Liked the result there.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Dodgers: 3 game winning streak, Kevin Correia pitching tomorrow


yeah tomorrow will be a loss.

KMT59
KMT59

Going to sign off...Night All and see you after the game tomorrow

KMT59
KMT59

Finally got the ticket situation cleared for tomorrow...soon to sign off because I'll be getting up mighty early to go to LA

0ptimus
0ptimus

It's crazy how much better a 3 game winning streak makes me feel.

OCDodger
OCDodger

@BIah 

my geology professor told us this wouldn't matter to the San Andreas, and we're all pretty much screwed

The Dude Abides
The Dude Abides

@Purple Drank "Oh ye purplish concoction of little faith." - The Dude's late mom with two out and nobody on in the 9th inning of 1988 World Series Game One, spoken to The Dude and The Dude's father after they bellyached about how dominant Eckersley looked. Without the words "purplish concoction," of course. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@KMT59 I'm not going to use that copy. It says right on it that "unauthorized duplication or sale of this ticket may prevent your admittance to the event." We'll have to figure out somewhere to meet so I can get the original, or I'm not goint.

BIah
BIah

@0ptimus filpside of everyone being depressed after a loss or two is that everyone is usually happy again after a win or two

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Probably fake but I still laughed

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@KMT59 @PJ14 Kevin, I'm pretty sure that ticket's not going to work. It is very obviously a copy when I print it out. I'ma ask Amy if she has still has the original.

KMT59
KMT59

@LA_Woman @KMT59 @PJ14 If the bar code works then that's all that matters...what gate are you going to be entering in?

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@KMT59 @LA_Woman @PJ14 The bar code is not clear. I'm not sure what gate I'm going to be entering. I'm going to try to use the Academy Gate D. I think.

KMT59
KMT59

@LA_Woman @PJ14 I'm going to be at the left field gate right after they open the car gates...I'll be parked in the 1st handy cap stall. If we don't hook up before I go in if the ticket doesn't work..call me and I'll meet you at the gate

KMT59
KMT59

@LA_Woman @KMT59 @PJ14 as soon as I go in I'm going to go the left field to get an autograph then I'll head over to rf to get Tim Leary's..I will bring the original with me