Coming off two consecutive losses to the Colorado Rockies, with the most recent a 16-2 shellacking, any comfort the Los Angeles Dodgers may have had with sending to Zack Greinke the mound was dealt a quick blow.
Chris Coghlan led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and shortly after moved to second base on Greinke’s errant throw over to first. The Dodger right-hander then walked Javier Baez and gave up consecutive singles that resulted in a 2-0 lead for the Chicago Cubs.
As the Dodgers struggled to generate much offense, Greinke allowed two more runs in the fifth, which was his final inning of work on a night where he needed 112 pitches for the shorter-than-usual outing. With the aid of a Logan Watkins error, the Dodgers scored five runs in the seventh inning and never looked back.
The come-from-behind win was certainly welcomed, but uncharacteristic for a team that previously won just one of 54 games this season when trailing after six innings. Greinke acknowledged as much, admitting a win of Thursday’s nature aren’t common, according to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
Pulling this one out is almost like stealing a win. You don’t do that very often. It’s not very common.”
With just nine games remaining on the schedule, Greinke said the win may lead to some momentum:
I guess sometimes teams get on rolls. One had like six walk-off hits in a week and a half or something,” Greinke added. “So, sometimes, maybe doing it does get you going.”
The Dodgers will play two more games before returning to Chavez Ravine to close out the season with three-game sets against the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies.
Thursday’s win moved the Dodgers 2.5 games ahead of the idle Giants in the National League West standings in a race that appears will hinge on their upcoming series. Greinke is slated to face the Giants Sept. 23 in what currently is his last scheduled start.