In an eight day span the Los Angeles Dodgers have faced David Price, Matt Harvey, and Cliff Lee. Each time the Dodgers have walked away winners with the latest being a 4-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies behind Zack Greinke.
There is always a question as to whether or not a player can pick up where he left off after spending some time off due to injury. After missing nine games only making a pinch-hit appearance, Hanley Ramirez has now gone 4-for-9 with a homer and three RBI since making his return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.
The homer for Ramirez came Friday on a 2-1 pitch from Lee that was drilled to left to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The two runs were the only runs that Lee should have given up but left fielder Domonic Brown took an ill-advised dive at a ball off the bat of Mark Ellis. The ball skipped past Brown all the way to the wall allowing A.J. Ellis to score from first.
Greinke didn’t need much run support shutting the Phillies down only allowing three hits over seven and a third innings while pitching around four walks. Friday was only the third time all season that Greinke has walked more batters than he struck out and is now 2-1 in said games. Dodgers starters are now 14-1 record with a 1.84 ERA in the last 20 games.
“I don’t think you can rattle off a number of games if you don’t get good pitching every night. I think that’s the one thing that’s been consistent for us pretty much all year long,” said Don Mattingly talking about the starters after the game. He added, “Those three guys up top every time out you get a pretty good outing.”
Even with the Dodgers tacking on a Scott Van Slyke RBI single in the ninth to go up 4-0, Kenley Jansen came in and finished off the game to give the team its ninth straight win. As Eric Stephen of True Blue LA posted earlier in the week, the Dodgers are now the 16th team to win 41 games in a 50 game stretch. All 15 previous teams have landed in the World Series.
WP: Zack Greinke (11-3)
LP: Cliff Lee (10-6)
In the bottom of the eighth inning A.J. Ellis took a foul ball off the top of the left knee and looked to be in a great deal of pain. Talking about Ellis’ status for tomorrow Mattingly said, “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. He got hit pretty square on that knee cap. We’ll see how he goes overnight.” Mattingly also joked about Ellis staying in the game, “I just threatened him. I told him I’m getting ready to get (Hairston) and get the gear on and he popped right up”