Zack Greinke extended his scoreless innings streak to a ridiculous 43 2/3 innings in the Dodgers 5-0 win, putting him behind only Orel Hershiser, Don Drysdale, and Bob Gibson in consecutive scoreless innings since 1961. Greinke accomplished this behind an eight-inning gem in which he allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 11 Nationals.
For a while, the Dodgers looked cursed offensively, as they scored only a single run through eight innings and finished with 13 left on base. But after only managing a run on a Max Scherzer wild pitch in the fourth, the Dodgers broke through for four in the ninth. RBI singles from both Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis with the bases loaded scored gave the Dodgers insurance, and a two-run RBI single from Yasiel Puig broke the game open and put it out of a save situation.
That resulted in J.P. Howell entering instead of Kenley Jansen, and though he allowed two hits, Howell managed to end the game with the shutout intact.
This is a short recap because the rest of Dodgers Digest abandoned me and pretended this recap was on me even though I woke up like an hour into the game. Remember that I am the best. Boo other writers.
Yasmani Grandal exiting the game was a major concern, both for concussion reasons and over his jaw, but it seems like he was fine:
Grandal x-rays negative. No broken jaw. Scan tomorrow
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 19, 2015
Also, this is ridiculous:
Combined July ERA for Kershaw and Greinke: 0.19. One run in 47 innings.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) July 19, 2015