In a matchup between two Cy Young winners, former teammates Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke faced off for the first time. Kershaw pitched 8 1/3 strong innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts, while Greinke allowed five runs on ten hits over five innings as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 7-1.
Kershaw fell just 2/3 of an inning shy of throwing his sixteenth career shutout and twenty-fifth career complete game. The only run that Kershaw allowed was in the ninth inning when Chris Owings doubled, scoring Chris Iannetta. The play at the plate was very close and when Iannetta was called safe, the Dodgers asked for the umpires in New York to take a look at the play. The call was upheld and the D-backs had managed to get a run off of Kershaw.
Kershaw struck out eight batters, six of them looking, and walked one. Both of these stats are a little strange for Kershaw, who, usually strikes out opponents in double digits and gets more swings and misses. He also rarely walks a batter. Of course, this is much better than when he pitched against the Rockies on Sunday, when he allowed four earned runs.
The Dodgers hammered former teammate, Zack Greinke, for five runs on ten hits over five innings. Adrián González started the scoring with an RBI single to center field that drove in Corey Seager. Logan Forsythe added to the lead with an RBI single to center field that drove in Justin Turner.
Justin Turner took a lot of batting practice off of Greinke before he signed with the Diamondbacks in the 2015 offseason. In the fourth inning with two outs and two on in a 1-1 count, Greinke threw a slider down and away to Turner. Turner pulled the ball to left field and it rolled to the wall. The crowd went wild as two runs scored and the Dodgers had a 4-0 lead against the traitor, Zack Greinke.
Yasiel Puig added to the fun in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field. The ball did not go terribly deep in center field, but Forsythe was running hard, and the throw from A.J. Pollock was off target, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. Andrew Toles added to the scoring in the eighth inning, but this time no at the expense of Greinke. With Puig on second and one out in a 3-2 count, Randall Delgado threw Toles a slider that was low and inside. Toles got his bat on the ball and drove it over the wall in right-center field. It was Toles’ third home run of the season and the Dodgers had a 7-0 lead.
All the players in the Major Leagues will be wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson on Saturday. It is the 70th anniversary of the day that Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. Before the game, the Dodgers will unveil a statue of Jackie Robinson and I have a feeling that a member of his family will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. To throw out the official first pitch of the game, the Dodgers will send out Kenta Maeda, who will pitch against Patrick Corbin. The game will 6:10 pm PT. The game will be televised on SportsNet LA and MLB Network.