When it was all said and done, the combination of Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw proved to be too much for the Philadelphia Phillies, who managed to earn a split with the Los Angeles Dodgers through the first two games of the series.
Heading into Thursday’s game, Greinke was boasting a 27.2 scoreless innings streak over his last four starts. In a matchup against the team with the worst record in baseball, Greinke dominated as largely could have been predicted.
The Dodgers cruised to a 6-0 victory behind the bats of Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig, and on the mound behind eight strong innings from Greinke. The right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out eight while walking none.
Greinke improved to 8-2 on the season and owns an MLB-best 1.39 ERA. Additionally, his 0.84 WHIP and 2.65 FIP are career lows. Greinke’s scoreless streak now sits at 35.2 innings and with another shutout outing, he can tie Orel Hershiser for the most consecutive scoreless starts in franchise history (six).