Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) seems to have forgotten herself while at a baseball game recently-everyone’s (but dad Danny’s) favorite middle child disrupted the final game in the series between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“[ERA titles and strikeouts] aren’t the things that Zack worries about”, manager Don Mattingly said. He also became the first Phillies rookie to work seven innings or more and allow two earned runs or fewer in four straight starts since Ben Rivera in 1992. Arrieta tossed a no-hitter against the Dodgers in August. Reflecting on his comeback story with the Giants, he said, “I never thought that was going to happen to me when I was in Japan and struggling, being an All-Star and World Series champion not once but twice”. This is where he wanted to throw his last pitch. Kelly’s only start against the Dodgers came in his final outing of the 2012 season, taking the loss after yielding five runs in 4 2/3 frames.
“Pitching at home, you are a little more comfortable”. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. He became the fifth pitcher since 1956 to record 200 or more strikeouts with an ERA of 1.70 or lower. “That’s all I pay attention to, I guess”. “In years past, that would’ve been a bigger deal to me. I don’t think he’s ever been able to get into a rhythm where he’s just playing baseball”. Jedd Gyorko singled and Kenley Jansen hit Brett Wallace to put the go-ahead run on, but Alexi Amarista and Hedges both had fly outs to preserve the Dodgers win.
Home-field advantage might ring true for Greinke.
“There were hardly any errors behind me all season”, Greinke said.
The Dodgers, coming off being swept by the Colorado Rockies, had chances throughout the night to take control of the game but couldn’t.
Mattingly said Friday he expects Puig to join the Dodgers in Los Angeles this weekend.
Machado hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the sixth, finishing 3-for-4. Kershaw, he said, has a “very specific plan of what he’s going to do”, while “with Zack, there’s a dialogue”. The Dodgers must finish with a better record than the Mets in order to secure home field during the NL Division Series, but couldn’t ask for a better opponent to take advantage of their good fortune as they posted an 11-5 mark versus San Diego this season.
Peraza is also battling a hamstring injury, and his progress has not been as “miraculous” as Puig. He isn’t expected to start Sunday, but could pinch hit or enter as a defensive replacement. How he feels will dictate if and when he plays again.
Los Angeles could be tempted to give Greinke only a couple of innings Saturday to get him into the postseason rested and healthy, especially with a calf issue causing him to miss a start September,23 against Arizona.