Zack Greinke powered the Dodgers to a 2-1 win Sunday, hitting the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning one batter after Joc Pederson tied the game with a home run of his own. He pitched pretty well too, lowering his major-league leading ERA to 1.58 with seven strong innings. The box score is here.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen wasn’t in the clubhouse before Sunday’s game because he was with his fiance for the birth of his son Kaden.
Kaden was born at 9:30 a.m., but manager Don Mattingly said that he expected Jansen to be at Dodgers Stadium at some point during the game.
The team last used Jansen in a 5-3 win over the Reds on Friday, his 23rd save of the season.
Mattingly was actually caught off guard by the question of Jansen’s availability, because Jansen’s son was expected today and there has been no plan for him to miss any time.
“As of right now, if there are no complications, he’s going to be in Oakland for those games too,” Mattingly said.
ARLINGTON, Texas — A pairing of the second-highest scoring team in the National League and one of the American League’s premier hitter’s parks was not as advertised. Yasiel Puig‘s bat-breaking demonstration summed up the Dodgers’ frustration in a 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.
The box score is here.
The mechanical malfunction that forced the Dodgers’ team plane to land at LAX late last night spooked Kenley Jansen.
Let’s face it, a lot of things went wrong for the Dodgers today in some unexpected ways. Brett Anderson couldn’t pitch more than five innings. Kenley Jansen — 21 for 21 in save opportunities against the Diamondbacks before today — blew a save. This:
Don Mattingly said that Juan Nicasio couldn't throw a breaking ball because of the torn fingernail. That's why he came out.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) June 11, 2015
Unless you’re a masochist, or unless these things become trends, you’re more likely to remember Howie Kendrick driving in Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game. You might even remember the Rally Banana. After clicking through John McCoy’s photo gallery, you might remember John McCoy’s photo gallery.
The box score is here.
Click on the Rally Banana hyperlink (it’s a good story, promise) for a brief recap of Day 3 of the amateur draft.
Would the real Clayton Kershaw and/or Jimmy Rollins please stand up?
If you’re a Dodgers fan, you can only hope that what you saw Friday was the real deal. Kershaw struck out 10 batters in 6 ⅔ innings; Rollins went 4 for 5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle. The bullpen held on for a 6-4 win over the Rockies.