Sometimes/files/includes/,.css when you want to get healthy & happy/files/includes/,.css all you need is Jonathan Sanchez and the Pittsburgh Pirates to come to town. Sorry/files/includes/,.css Pittsburgh fans. It’s true. The Dodgers have beaten them 17 of 21/files/includes/,.css after all.
Really/files/includes/,.css that could have scarcely gone better. There was Matt Kemp/files/includes/,.css breaking his hitless streak with an RBI double in the sixth/files/includes/,.css generating the reaction you see above. There was Andre Ethier/files/includes/,.css putting the first run on the board not only with a homer/files/includes/,.css but with a homer off a lefty. There was Justin Sellers/files/includes/,.css redeeming himself from the other night with an outstanding defensive play. There was the bullpen/files/includes/,.css contributing 2.1 hitless innings of relief from Paco Rodriguez/files/includes/,.css Kenley Jansen/files/includes/,.css & Brandon League. There was A.J. Ellis‘ third double of the year (in addition to him gunning down Andrew McCutchen attempting to steal)/files/includes/,.css and Adrian Gonzalez‘ first/files/includes/,.css a seventh-inning drive that pushed Kemp across with the third run of the game.
But most of all/files/includes/,.css there was Zack Greinke/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css let me remind you how that play actually went down…
…and so I stand by my statement. Greinke went 92 pitches/files/includes/,.css striking out six/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css perhaps the Mark Ellis play above was something of a blessing/files/includes/,.css since it removed any possible pressure on Don Mattingly to keep him in longer than necessary.
Oh/files/includes/,.css and it gets better/files/includes/,.css friends: after dealing with Greinke tonight/files/includes/,.css the Pirates have to face Clayton Kershaw tomorrow evening. In 15.2 innings this year/files/includes/,.css the ace duo has allowed just six hits/files/includes/,.css zero walks/files/includes/,.css and zero runs. That just isn’t right… but it sure is fun.
News from down on the farm tonight: Yasiel Puig/files/includes/,.css playing right field/files/includes/,.css made his debut for Double-A Chattanooga a successful one/files/includes/,.css going 2-3 with a run/files/includes/,.css a stolen base/files/includes/,.css and — wait for it — a walk! Zach Lee struck out five in four innings/files/includes/,.css allowing one earned run.
Ted Lilly made a “rehab” start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga/files/includes/,.css 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/files/includes/,.css5 R/files/includes/,.css 5 ER/files/includes/,.css 0 BB/files/includes/,.css 5 K.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 6/files/includes/,.css 2013