After taking the first two games of the series, the Los Angeles Dodgers went for the sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. Zack Greinke, who has not only been the Dodgers best pitcher this season, but one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, made his 10th start of the season. He was opposed by left-hander Alex Wood.
Greinke started off the game a little shaky, walking Jace Peterson to begin the game then giving up a single to Cameron Maybin. After striking out Freddie Freeman, Greinke issued his second walk of the inning, this time to Nick Markakis to load the bases with one out.
The Dodger right-hander was able to escape without allowing a run though, as he struck out former teammate Juan Uribe in his first Braves at-bat since being traded, and also fanned A.J. Pierzynski to end the inning.
Joc Pederson singled to lead off the bottom of the first. That was all for the offense in the first however, as Wood retired the next three hitters he faced. Greinke gave up a one-out single in the top of the second, but got out of the inning quickly when a Wood sacrifice bunt attempt turned into a 2-6-4 inning-ending double play.
After the Dodgers went down in order in the bottom of the second, Greinke gave up a one-out solo home run to Maybin and the Braves took a 1-0 lead. Wood followed that by getting two ground outs and a strike out in the bottom of the third.
The Dodgers were able to answer in the bottom of the fourth as Jimmy Rollins reached on an infield single that skipped off Uribe’s glove. The Braves were soon after the victims of another near-play as Rollins scored on Justin Turner’s infield single that went off the glove of a diving Peterson in shallow right field, tying the game at 1-1 through four.
Greinke, who’s pitch count began to rise, had his quickest inning in the fifth when he got two groundouts and a strikeout. A.J. Ellis hit a long single off the left field wall with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but he was easily thrown out trying to take an extra base.