With the Los Angeles Dodgers losing to the New York Mets on Friday, Zack Greinke took the mound with the team coming of a loss for a 39th time. Greinke carried in a 22-6 record with a 2.07 ERA in such starts, with the Dodgers going 29-9 over that same stretch.
Additionally, Greinke entered his start without allowing a run in the last 20.2 innings. Curtis Granderson opened things up with a flare single into left-center field. With one out Lucas Duda worked a long at-bat before fouling out to Yasmani Grandal. Alberto Callaspo made a diving stop to potentially prevent a run from scoring, though it resulted in an infield single for Wilmer Flores.
The Mets were unable to capitalize as Darrell Ceciliani grounded to Adrian Gonzalez, who tossed to Greinke at the bag to complete a scoreless first inning. Matt Harvey’s first inning of work was unlike Greinke’s as he sat in the high 90s and retired the Dodgers in order.
Kevin Plawecki hit a one-out double in the second inning, but was stranded by Harvey and Juan Lagares. Harvey ran into a world of trouble in the second inning only to escape it with limited damage done.
After Grandal drew a leadoff walk Yasiel Puig doubled down the third base line to put two runners in scoring position. As Harvey battled what appeared to be a bloody nose, he walked Andre Ethier to load the bases. Alberto Callaspo hit a rocket that Duda made a diving stop on to get a force out at home plate.
Jimmy Rollins also hit a grounder to Duda, which scored Puig and resulted in the second out of the inning. Greinke went down swinging to strand two runners and the Dodgers settled for a 1-0 lead. Joc Pederson drew a leadoff walk in the third inning, then Howie Kendrick hit a chopper up the middle to put two on with no outs.
Gonzalez lifted a fly ball to the warning track in left field, allowing Pederson to tag and take third. Kendrick stole second base with two outs and Harvey soon after walked Puig to load the bases. He again got out of trouble, this time on Ethier’s foul out to Plawecki.
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