Zack Greinke took the mound Saturday and quickly found himself in an early deficit. The Dodger starter walked the first batter he faced, then allowed an infield single that resulted in runners on second and third due to a Dee Gordon error.
Matt Holliday hit a two-RBI single and Matt Adams hit a two-run home run to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-0 lead before Greinke could escape the first inning.
Greinke didn’t allow another run the rest of the way, but did battle command issues and was forced to work himself out of trouble on multiple occasions and benefited from his ability to field his position well.
One instance where Greinke helped himself was in the fifth inning when the Cardinals had runners on the corners with two outs. On a 1-0 count, Oscar Taveras hit a chopper that Greinke jumped up to snag and threw to first for the final out:
The Cardinals then had two runners reach on back-to-back singles in sixth, which brought up Joe Kelly in a sac-bunt situation. Greinke threw Kelly a 58 MPH pitch that was popped into the air.
Aware of the runner on second base, Greinke initially made it appear as though he’d let the ball drop before making the catch and turning the double play: