San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Zack Greinke threw seven flawless innings
as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the San Diego Padres 3-0 in the opener of a
The Padres were averaging an NL-best 5.0 runs per game coming in, but Greinke
(3-0) silenced them to the tune of four singles and three walks. He struck out
seven and improved to 5-0 in his career against San Diego.
Carl Crawford hit a solo homer, and Juan Uribe knocked in his first run of the
year for the Dodgers, who bounced back from getting swept in San Francisco.
Andrew Cashner (1-3) took another tough loss having given up two runs on six
hits over seven innings. He struck out six and only walked one, but his
offense failed him again.
There was a scare for the Dodgers in the first inning when Yasiel Puig took a
96 mph fastball off his left knee and stayed on the ground for about a minute.
He gingerly walked to first base and remained in the game, but he appeared to
suffer an injury to the same leg when trying to beat out an infield single in
the sixth. Andre Ethier replaced him in right field in the bottom half.
Both starters faced trouble in the second inning, and only one escaped.
Yasmani Grandal doubled with one away in the top half, and Uribe followed with
a two-out dribbler through the middle to plate the game’s first run.
The Padres put their first three hitters on in their turn, but Greinke bore
down and kept them off the board. Alexi Amarista and Cashner both went down
swinging, and Wil Myers lined out to an impeccably-placed Howie Kendrick
behind the second-base bag.
Crawford smacked his first home run of the season leading off the seventh, and
the Dodgers looked as if they needed the insurance run after getting into
trouble in the home eighth.
Pedro Baez gave up a two-out double to former Dodger Matt Kemp, and Justin
Upton followed with a sharp one-hopper in the hole between third and short.
Jimmy Rollins made a diving stop to save a run, and Paco Rodriguez needed just
one pitch to retire Yonder Alonso on a harmless ground ball.
Joc Pederson tacked on a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the ninth, and Yimi
Garcia pitched a perfect bottom half to record his first career save.
Greinke has pitched to a 1.58 ERA (10 ER/50.0 IP) in nine career starts vs.
the Padres. He is also 21-1 against NL West opponents as a member of the
Dodgers … Cashner has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 20 consecutive
starts at Petco Park … The Dodgers have not lost four straight since Sept.