April 5, 2013
The Dodgers made a huge blockbuster signing during the off-season prior the 2013 season that showed the baseball world that they were going to be a force for years to come. They went out and signed right-hander Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million contract, teaming him up with Clayton Kershaw and giving the Dodgers one of the best 1-2 starting pitching duos in all of baseball.
Greinke made his debut on April 5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and showed a glimpse of why he was worth the pricey contract the Dodgers gave him. In his first game in Blue, Greinke pitched 6.1 innings of two-hit ball, striking out six without issuing a walk or a run en route to a 3-0 victory.
Greinke was extremely dominant during his start as he retired 14 straight Pirate hitters at one point and used an assortment of pitches anchored by a fastball that sat around 91 mph.
Greinke went on to leave to a standing ovation by the Dodger faithful after center fielder Andrew McCutchen reached base on a one-out single past Greinke in the seventh inning and it was a sign of things to come for him in 2013.
While he broke his collarbone a couple weeks after, Greinke was arguably the second-best number two starter in baseball as he and Kershaw were formidable all season long.
What was your favorite Greinke moment of the season?
Here’s a video of Greinke’s debut with the Dodgers: