Sometimes, when you want to get healthy & happy, all you need is Jonathan Sanchez and the Pittsburgh Pirates to come to town. Sorry, Pittsburgh fans. It’s true. The Dodgers have beaten them 17 of 21, after all.
Really, that could have scarcely gone better. There was Matt Kemp, breaking his hitless streak with an RBI double in the sixth, generating the reaction you see above. There was Andre Ethier, putting the first run on the board not only with a homer, but with a homer off a lefty. There was Justin Sellers, redeeming himself from the other night with an outstanding defensive play. There was the bullpen, contributing 2.1 hitless innings of relief from Paco Rodriguez, Kenley Jansen, & Brandon League. There was A.J. Ellis‘ third double of the year (in addition to him gunning down Andrew McCutchen attempting to steal), and Adrian Gonzalez‘ first, a seventh-inning drive that pushed Kemp across with the third run of the game.
But most of all, there was Zack Greinke, throwing six and a third perfect innings in his Dodger debut before allowing a hit to McCutchen. Lest you be eager to point out a potential mistake and note that Garrett Jones actually had a single in the second inning, let me remind you how that play actually went down…
…and so I stand by my statement. Greinke went 92 pitches, striking out six, in what was known to be an outing where he’d have a bit of a leash on him after his abbreviated spring. Looking at it through that lens, perhaps the Mark Ellis play above was something of a blessing, since it removed any possible pressure on Don Mattingly to keep him in longer than necessary.
Oh, and it gets better, friends: after dealing with Greinke tonight, the Pirates have to face Clayton Kershaw tomorrow evening. In 15.2 innings this year, the ace duo has allowed just six hits, zero walks, and zero runs. That just isn’t right… but it sure is fun.
News from down on the farm tonight: Yasiel Puig, playing right field, made his debut for Double-A Chattanooga a successful one, going 2-3 with a run, a stolen base, and — wait for it — a walk! Zach Lee struck out five in four innings, allowing one earned run.
Ted Lilly made a “rehab” start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and… oh.
Ted Lilly gives up a third solo home run in the 6th inning. He’s likely done after throwing 76 pitches. 6 IP,5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 6, 2013