After watching Dan Haren allow three runs in 4.2 innings Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers handed the ball to Zack Greinke Saturday with hopes he’d fare better against the St. Louis Cardinals than Haren did.
Instead, the Cardinals also got to Greinke and they did so early. Matt Carpenter drew a leadoff walk in the first inning and Kolten Wong hit a slow grounder towards Dee Gordon and the Dodger second baseman was unable to make the play.
Not only did Gordon not record the out, his toss to Adrian Gonzalez sailed wide of the bag and allowed the runners to take second and third base. Matt Holliday hurt the Dodgers again with an RBI single that put the Cardinals ahead and Matt Adams followed with a two-run home run.
Greinke eventually settled in and didn’t allow another run, but the focus after the game was on his troublesome first inning, which led to the right-hander calling for his improvement, via an AP report on ESPN:
Too many mistakes in one inning,” Greinke said. “I’ve been doing that too much lately, getting behind in a game too early. I need to find a way to be better right from the get-go.”
The loss was the first time Greinke has suffered consecutive defeats in the regular season since September of 2010. The four runs Greinke allowed tied his season-high and the five walks he issued was the most in a single game this season.
The Dodgers managed to cut into half of the four-run deficit and were in position to score more runs only to see the offense repeatedly falter; they finished the game 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Clayton Kershaw will attempt to rectify the team’s recent pitching woes Sunday and more importantly, look to help the Dodgers avoid being swept in the first series after the All-Star break.
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