Zack Greinke returned to form for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night to throw eight strong innings in a 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.
In his last six starts Greinke had been 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA. Once again there was a hype surrounding the Greinke-Carlos Quentin incident as the two would face each other again. Greinke would get the better of Quentin who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on the day.
In his eight innings of work Greinke didn’t allow more than one baserunner to reach in an inning until the eighth when he would give up a pair of doubles to give the Padres their only run. Greinke would finish allowing only four hits and walking one while striking out eight.
The Dodgers were without a hit through five innings against Padres starter Edinson Volquez even though they were up 1-0. Volquez walked the bases loaded in the fifth and a run came across on a Skip Schumaker groundout. The Dodgers would end up with their season high in walks with eight, seven of which were issued by Volquez.
Adrian Gonzalez kicked off the fun in the sixth inning with his ninth homer on the season to center. The Padres defense would not help Volquez with two errors in the inning but Volquez allowed three hits and two walks to combine for three more runs to put the Dodgers on top 5-0.
Hanley Ramirez has been crushing the ball lately going 10-for-18 (.556) in his last five games. His only hit Saturday only landed because it hit the top deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left field corner of Petco Park. The homer, just his third on the year, put the Dodgers up 6-0.
These are the wins that the team has been in search of all season and has rarely found. The Dodgers will look to get a series split sending Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.62) on short rest to face Andrew Cashner (5-3, 3.56).
WP: Zack Greinke (4-2)
LP: Edinson Volquez (5-6)