The Los Angeles Dodgers have been all too familiar with long, interrupted and late games this season. Monday night was no exception as a rain delay halted play for a total of three hours and 17 minutes in the 4-0 loss. On the season so far, eight of the Dodgers’ 33 games have gone into extras, and one of the extra-inning games, one of which was part of last week’s weather-induced doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.
The Dodger bullpen has undeniably suffered through these long games, but Zack Greinke was the most recent player to fall victim to unfavorable conditions. Before Monday’s loss, the right-hander pitched in 21 consecutive starts where he’s gone at least five innings and allowed two or fewer runs.
Although Greinke had given up two runs in the first inning, he was only able to throw for three innings as the rain delay began in the middle of the fourth. With Brandon League taking the mound in the fourth once the game resumed at 11:40 p.m. ET, the starter’s shot to extend his streak to 22 was ended.
Greinke, who is known for being a student of statistics, seemed not to care all too much about his streak ending via Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times:
“It’s not really like it’s an important streak. No one cares about [it] anyway,” Greinke said. “If it was something more important than that it would mean a little bit more.”
The 30-year-old starter was also dealt his first loss of the season. In addition to the 21-game streak, Greinke was going on three years of having not lost to an NL East team, which ended Monday night as well.
The Dodgers’ nine-game road trip has taken them into varying weather climates over their nine-game road trip, though it should slightly improve for their final two games against the Washington Nationals.
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