Greinke won 12 of his last 14 regular season starts and has sparkled in the post season. After one start in each of the two post season series, the 2009 Cy Young Award winner has a 2.57 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14 innings. Despite this, he is 0-1 with a no-decision.
Dodger manager Don Mattingly praised his pitcher’s Game 1 performance against the Cardinals.
“He had great stuff we felt like that day,” Mattingly said. “He was sharp with all his pitches. His stuff plays. Zack is one of those guys who can get the ball to all different locations on the plate with different speeds, so he’s a tough match-up for people.”
Greinke allowed only two runs in Game 1, but the way the runs scored was surprising. After striking out the first two batters of the third inning, Greinke allowed a single to Cardinal pitcher Joe Kelly. After a walking Matt Carpenter, Greinke yielded a two-run double to Carlos Beltran.
For Kelly, a UC Riverside product who pitched and also played outfield for the Highlanders, the hit wasn't a surprise.
“I’m not a great hitter, but I can make contact sometimes,” Kelly said. “He’s a very good pitcher and he’s very smart. He made me look like a fool in my last at-bat.”
If the Dodgers are to extend their season, they’ll have to go through the 25-year old Kelly who allowed two runs and got a no-decision in the 13-inning Game 1 match up.
For his part, Kelly seems ready.
“I just faced these guys,” Kelly said. “That experience of seeing how these guys approach me is going to help. I think I’m going to go over and over my game report and scouting report with Yadier (Molina) and just do what we can to get past these guys.”
If the Dodgers win today, they’ll turn to Clayton Kershaw in Game 6, hoping to force a winner-take-all Game 7 at St. Louis.
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