The Los Angeles Dodgers had arguably the best pitcher in the National League this season on the mound on Monday night needing one win to clinch the division title.
Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke went seven innings and struck out seven San Francisco Giants, but a two-run single early in the game proved to be just enough until the Dodgers tied the game in the top of the ninth. Greinke got a no-decision and the Dodgers ended up losing in 12 innings, delaying their potential clinch another day.
Despite losing eight of their last 10 and failing to clinch, the Dodgers right-hander believes the team is playing the right type of baseball via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
We played really good today,” said Zack Greinke, who matched Giants starter Jake Peavy in a seven-inning no-decision. “We played poor in Colorado. Besides that, I feel we’ve done well. Everyone wants to get another win and we’re playing as good as we can, kind of how I feel. We’re playing really focused baseball, that’s the key.”
It’s hard to buy into Greinke’s notion of ‘focused baseball’ when the team has been struggling, but the All-Star starter is one of the more honest players on the team and gives him some credibility that he truly believes so.
Greinke also has full confidence that the Dodgers will indeed make history and take home their third straight division crown:
Asked his concern level that the club is pressing more with each loss, Greinke said it was “extremely low.”
It’s hard to panic too much, as the Dodgers need just one win in their next three games to seal the deal; however, the team is 0-7 at AT&T Park this year. The Dodgers now send Clayton Kershaw to the mound looking for that final victory.