Los Angeles Dodgers Game Recaps: Greinke, Offense Lead Dodgers To Sixth Straight Win

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Tonight was the anniversary of Vin Scully’s first Dodger game behind the mic 65 years ago today. The Dodgers gave Vin the best anniversary gift they could, another win. The club gave Vin a nice tribute on the video board between innings, and Dodger fans gave him a well deserved standing ovation. Then the Dodger offense gave everyone something else to stand and cheer for.

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It was just another ho-hum evening for the Dodger’s offense, as the Dodgers won their sixth straight contest with a 6-3 win over Colorado in the second game of the three game series. I swear this is one of the finest position player rosters I have seen in years. The Dodger offense used four doubles and nine hits to down the Rockies on Saturday night. The Dodgers have now scored five runs or more in six straight games for the first time since May 17-22 of 2012.

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Dodgers 6 9 1

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It wasn’t just the offense, the bullpen threw up a bunch of zeroes again. The Dodgers used three pitchers (Hatcher, Howell, and Joel Peralta) to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings.

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is honored during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Dodger starter Zack Greinke pitched well and picks up the win, but he began to tire in the seventh inning. Greinke pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with three whiffs and walked one. Greinke dominates versus NL West opponents. With the win, he improves to 20-1 against the NL West since joining the Dodgers.

Yasiel Puig made his return to the Dodger lineup after missing three games with a tight hamstring. Despite grimacing and looking gimpy throughout the game, Puig went 2 for 3 with a single, double, and a walk.

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The Dodgers fell behind 1-0 in the first inning again, but would rally to score a run in the second, third, two runs in the fifth, and two more in the seventh. Gonzalez had three more RBI, with a run scoring fielder’s choice in the third, and a two-run single in the fifth. Although to be fair, the fielder’s choice grounder in the third should have been a double play, but Morneau dropped the throw.

Howie Kendrick had two doubles, and Yasmani Grandal had an RBI single. Joc Pederson had a great game in center field, but whiffed three times.

The Dodgers fell behind in the top of the first inning again. Charlie Blackmon doubled off the wall, After Carlos Gonzalez grounded out to Rollins, Mullet Man Troy Tulowitzki singles home Cargo to put Colorado up 1-0. Although to be fair, Tulowitzki has cut off the Mullet, and is very clean shaven now. Justin Morneau is hit by a pitch, but Greinke gets the pitcher’s best friend, a 5-4-3 double play on Nolan Arenado to get out of the inning.

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The Dodgers tie it up in the bottom of the second. Kendrick doubles, (his first of the night), and Grandal’s line drive single to right scores him. The game is tied at 1-1. Colorado had a chance to score in the third, but Greinke wiggled out of it like a magician. Cargo walked with two outs, and two wild pitches advanced him to third. However Greinke retires Tulowitzki to deny Colorado of scoring. The Dodgers score once more in the bottom of the third to take the lead.

In that third frame, Greinke’s one-out single, and a walk to Rollins put runners at first and second. Puig singles, but everyone can only move up 90 feet. With the bases loaded, Gonzo’s grounder to short should have been a taylor made inning ending double play. However the Dodgers got a huge break when Morneau dropped the relay throw from second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Greinke scores the run and the Dodgers lead 2-1. Sometimes you get some luck thrown your way too. 

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  • Greinke gets three ground outs to escape the top of the fourth. Jordan Lyles, the Rockie’s starter throws a 123 inning in the bottom of the fourth. The Dodgers break the game open by scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth.

    This was a great play by Kendrick to save an errant throw from Greinke-Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

    The Dodgers would take advantage of a little walkapalooza from Lyles in this frame. Pederson walks, and after a Greinke sacrifice advances him to second, Rollins and Puig both walk to load up the bases again. This time Gonzo delivers with the longest single I have ever seen. Gonzo drove a ball that short hopped the wall in left center to score two. The two-run single puts the Dodgers up 4-1. Puig could have scored, but held up at second base for some reason.

    Move to the top of the seventh. With the Dodgers up 4-1, Greinke starts to lose it. Arenado leads-off with a double. Dickerson’s deep drive to left is caught on the run by Ethier. This makes up for a misplay he had earlier in the game. Greinke recovers to whiff Hundley for the second out. Don Mattingly makes a mound trip to ask Greinke if he can make it through the inning. Greinke assures him that he is ok, and Mattingly leaves him in. Then LeMahieu homers, and the Dodger’s lead is cut to 4-3.

    The Dodgers have to hook Greinke, and call in right hander Chris Hatcher. Colorado goes to their bench and has Michael McKenry pinch-hit for Lyles. Speaking of Lyles, he allowed four runs on five hits through six frames, and takes the loss. Hatcher whiffs McKenry and gets the Dodgers out of the inning.

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    The Dodgers extend their lead to give themselves some breathing room in the bottom of the seventh. Consecutive doubles from Rollins and Puig makes the score 5-3 Dodgers. Kedrick’s line drive double scores Puig to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead! Magnificent!

    The Dodgers bullpen comes up big again. J.P. Howell pitches a scoreless top of the eighth inning to keep the lead at three. He actually whiffed Tulowitzki to put an emphasis on the end of the inning. Now that’s an emphasis I like!

    Move to the bottom of the ninth. With the Dodgers up 6-3, Peralta comes in to close out the game. He gets Morneau to fly out to Pederson for the first out. There’s a walk to Arenado, but Dickerson flies out to Puig. Then Hundley fouls out to Uribe, and the Dodgers win it! That’s six in a row! The Dodgers have now win eight in a row against Colorado, and six home games in a row.

    The win moves the Dodgers into sole possession of first place with an 8-3 record. The club is now 7-1 at home, and the club will look for a home stand sweep Sunday afternoon. Rookie Eddie Butler will counter Brandon McCarthy in the series finale at 1:10 PM.

    Don’t forget about the Broom Depot’s discount special running tomorrow morning! Just punch in the code SweepRox to get 10% off on all of your Dodger broom needs.

    Go Blue!

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