Greinke has had a fantastic season so far, but you would hardly know it based on his 5-2 record and the fact he hasn't picked up a win in more than a month. The Dodgers again struggled to score while Greinke was pitching and, eventually, that proved costly. Justin Upton hit a hanging breaking ball from Greinke in the eighth inning, sending it over the wall in left-center to give San Diego a 2-1 win Saturday night at Petco Park.
Greinke has a 2.09 ERA over his last seven starts, but he's 0-2.
How it happened: Both pitchers had some trouble to navigate early, but each managed to cruise quickly into the seventh inning. Greinke allowed a first-inning run after he couldn’t reach Matt Kemp’s dribbler along the third-base line quickly enough to throw his former teammate out. Greinke threw wildly to first as Wil Venable was crossing the plate. Afterward, Greinke pitched around some rough spots, but gave the Dodgers eight strong innings, his longest start this year. The Dodgers have faced Ian Kennedy nine times over the past two seasons and 20 times overall. They had a pretty good idea what they were facing and he came into the game with a 6.48 ERA, but none of that made it any easier. Aside from Yasmani Grandal’s third-inning home run, the Dodgers managed just four hits in seven innings against the San Diego right-hander.
What it means: Everything was going right for Greinke in April, when he won his first five decisions, but since then the Dodgers have been negligent in their support.
Notable: The hitting continued to be a grind for Jimmy Rollins, whose batting average dipped under .200 again after an 0-for-3 night, but his defense remains generally stout. He made a diving stop of a Justin Upton grounder up the middle and a backhand flip to Howie Kendrick to get Venable at second, then started an inning-ending double play on a Kemp grounder. ... Adrian Gonzalez normally feasts on San Diego pitching, but his numbers, too, have been a bit soft over the past month. In his first 30 games, Gonzalez had a .737 slugging percentage. In his next 30, he had a .375 slugging percentage. ... Kennedy looked like he was just trying to pitch inside when he hit Joc Pederson with a pitch in the first inning, but you never know. The Dodgers have had issues with Kennedy in the past and the Padres also hit Pederson with a pitch Friday night.