Game 15: Death, taxes, and Zack Greinke dominates the San Diego Padres.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke did not allow a run in seven innings Friday, lowering his ERA for the season to 1.35. (Associated Press photo)

Zack Greinke was the panacea for all the Dodgers’ ills Friday — their taxed bullpen, their three-game losing streak. Well, almost all the ills. Can he donate a hamstring to Yasiel Puig?

Puig’s re-aggravated injury put a damper on the Dodgers’ win, their first of the week after three straight losses in San Francisco. Manager Don Mattingly sounded relieved that Greinke was able to go seven innings; Pedro Baez and Paco Rodriguez held down the eighth inning with a big assist from Jimmy Rollins. Yimi Garcia threw 12 pitches (nine were strikes) in pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.

I didn’t write about Alex Guerrero today. That’s because he never left the bench. Juan Uribe had an RBI single and now has a seven-game hitting streak.

I mentioned Sunday’s “TBA” starter at the end of today’s notebook. For what it’s worth, Scott Baker is still listed as the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ starter tomorrow, Carlos Frias Sunday.

Tonight’s box score is here.

Game 8: Dodgers 6, Mariners 5.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick breaks his bat on the game-winning single Tuesday. The hit drove in Jimmy Rollins and Carl Crawford in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)


Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Dodgers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on a walk-off single in their final at-bat. This time it was Howie Kendrick playing the hero. You can read my game story here for the full details of how it went down, and hear Kendrick’s postgame comments here and here.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Prior to the game I talked to pitcher Yimi Garcia. He explained how his 20-year-old brother Jairo, a pitcher in the Yankees’ farm system, helped him with his slider over the winter. The small change seems to have made a big difference so far.

Since I didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone before deadline, here were the key points in the clubhouse after the game:

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Game 7: Dodgers 6, Mariners 5.

Alex Guerrero

Scott Van Slyke douses Alex Guerrero after Guerrero hit a walk-off single to win their game against the Mariners, 6-5 in 10 innings Monday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

There were two games tonight at Dodger Stadium.

The first couple paragraphs of my game story quickly reflect that. The story for the early editions focuses on the ball flying out of Dodger Stadium — four home runs for the Mariners, one for the Dodgers — and the fact that this has been happening since Opening Day.

ESPN.com’s Park Factors for 2014 rated Dodger Stadium as the 27th-most hitter friendly park in baseball. In a handful of games this season, it’s one of the five most hitter-friendly parks in MLB. Oh, and all of tonight’s home runs came in the first five innings. Go figure.

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