Looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses, Zack Greinke’s start Thursday didn’t get off on the right note. The Chicago Cubs scored two runs off Greinke in the first inning as the right-hander struggled to find his groove.
Luis Valbuena looked to add to Greinke’s troubles in the third inning as he got a base hit under Adrian Gonzalez’s glove to leadoff the inning. As Matt Kemp made his way to field the ball, Valbuena attempted to turn the error into a double.
Valbuena’s attempt was unsuccessful as Kemp threw a strike to Hanley Ramirez for his sixth assist of the season. Greinke wound up striking the next two batters to end the inning and he labored through five innings, allowing four runs along the way.
Although Kemp was held hitless, he did drive a run in as the Dodgers began the series with a win.