Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke gave the Dodgers as good a chance to complete a sweep of the Atlanta Braves as they could’ve asked for, pitching six innings and allowing only a third-inning solo home run to Cameron Maybin in the process and striking out nine.
Atlanta’s left-hander Alex Wood pitched as well as Greinke, and after the Dodgers bullpen failed to keep the Braves’ offense at bay, the Dodgers had to settle for a series win over the Braves.
After the game, Greinke talked about several aspects of his performance, including his recent form. “Right now, I felt like the last three or four games is slowly getting a little worse so I’m just trying to stop that downtrend before it gets too bad,” Greinke said, despite his aforementioned stats.
He clarified what he meant after, and added a a silver lining to his night. “Today I guess I was good with bases loaded,” he said. “I had to make some good pitches and did. Where I think the games before–and there were also probably some situations later–where I didn’t quite execute perfect. Also, the change up has been a little sloppy the last four games, and it was a little better today.”
Greinke is 5-1 with a 1.48 ERA on the year and has been the Dodgers best starting pitcher thus far.
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