The Los Angeles Dodgers started another winning streak behind Zack Greinke on Wednesday as they beat the Miami Marlins 4-1.
Greinke was solid through eight innings only allowing a single run that came on a first inning homer to Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins only managed six hits while striking out seven times without a walk. Wednesday was the tenth time Greinke has allowed one run or less in his 21 starts.
With the win Greinke lowered his ERA to 2.91 joining Clayton Kershaw (1.80) and Hyun-jin Ryu (2.95) as Dodger starters currently in the rotation with a sub 3.00 ERA. That doesn’t include Stephen Fife (2.47) and Ricky Nolasco who has a 2.98 since joining the Dodgers.
After the game Greinke had some kind words when talking about Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, saying, “(Ellis) is probably the best pitch-caller I’ve had. It’s like having a pitching coach back there.” Whatever it is the two of them have going on right now is a thing of beauty.
After his starts on June 27 and July 3 where he gave up nine earned between the two, Greinke made some adjustments with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Those adjustments have worked out well as he has only allowed 10 ER in his last nine starts.
After his last start before the All-Star break he told us media in the clubhouse he had made some adjustments with Honeycutt but didn’t go into detail. Anthony Jackson of Dodgerscribe.com was able to get those details tonight right here.
Not much has changed in the recipe for the Dodgers. Hanley Ramirez, timely hitting, and good pitching have for the large part getting the job done since the middle of June. Ramirez turned in his 23rd multi-hit game knocking in Yasiel Puig on a double in the fourth inning to tie the game at one.
Andre Ethier followed with a single to drive in Adrian Gonzalez with what turned out to be the winning run. Marlins starter (former Dodger), Nathan Eovaldi, then threw the ball away on a pick-off attempt allowing Ramirez to come in and score. Ramirez has accounted for about a quarter of the Dodgers runs since June 22 whether that be driving it in or scoring it.
The Marlins committed three errors on the night including the two in the fourth that led to the Dodgers scoring the deciding runs. Other than that inning, Eovaldi was pretty good throwing in the mid-to-high 90’s for much of the night.
Kenley Jansen came in and shut the door in the ninth after walking only his 11th batter in 63 2/3 innings this year.
WP: Zack Greinke (12-3)
LP: Nathan Eovaldi (2-4)
S: Kenley Jansen (21)