Zack Greinke took the mound Saturday not only looking to help get the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the win column, but also improve on his record in June.
Entering Saturday, Greinke was just 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in five June starts. His last outing, which came against the Kansas City Royals, Greinke’s former team, was particularly difficult for the right-hander.
Greinke pitched just 5.2 innings and allowed five runs on 11 hits in what was his fourth loss of the season. He rebounded Saturday and looked every bit of the two-headed monster the Dodgers have at the top of their pitching staff.
Greinke began the game by striking out the side in the first inning, with a double wedged between the first two and third strikeouts of the inning. En route to piling up 10 strikeouts, Greinke had at least one strikeout in each of his seven innings of work.
Aside from the four hits he allowed, the lone blemish on Greinke’s final stat line was the solo home run he allowed to Matt Carpenter in the third inning.
The homer didn’t do much damage as the Dodgers handed Greinke a 7-0 lead heading into the third and they wound up winning the game, 9-1. With the 10 strikeouts, Greinke gives the Dodgers two pitchers this season who have fanned at least 10 hitters without issuing a walk.
Clayton Kershaw is the other as he did so in his no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies.
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