With Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta keeping the pressure on in the National League Cy Young race, Zack Greinke took the mound Saturday night to state his final case, and secure home-field advantage in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ NL Division Series matchup with the New York Mets, as New York was swept in a doubleheader Saturday.
Greinke struck out Melvin Upton Jr., as he worked his way through a scoreless first inning, needing only 12 pitches to do so. Kiké Hernandez lined Robbie Erlin’s first pitch back up the middle for a leadoff single.
After getting Howie Kendrick to ground into a double play, Erlin allowed a solo home run to Justin Turner. Greinke again set the Padres down in order, doing so on just nine pitches in the second inning. Travis Jankowski came up empty on a sliding catch in right field, which extended Yasiel Puig’s hitting streak to 11 games.
However, the Dodgers once more got in their own way as Yasmani Grandal followed the base hit by grounding into an inning-ending double play. Austin Hedges led off the third with a single, and was twice sacrificed on bunts by Jankowski and Erlin.
That strategy didn’t pay off for the Padres as Cory Spangenberg grounded out to end the inning. Erlin easily worked his way through the Dodgers order in the bottom of the third to keep San Diego within one run of Los Angeles.
Jedd Gyorko worked a two-out walk in the fourth before Greinke managed to complete another scoreless inning. Kendrick and Turner hit back-to-back singles in the fourth, putting runners on the corners with no outs.
Adrian Gonzalez grounded into the Dodgers’ third double play of the night, but it scored a run and Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead to the fifth inning.
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