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 2: Padres 7, Dodgers 3.

Jimmy Rollins Dodgers

Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins can’t come up with this fly ball hit by Yangervis Solarte in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-3 loss. The play resulted in an error by Rollins, his second of the game, and scored Yonder Alonso. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Zack Greinke had nothing bad to say about his own performance after allowing one run over six innings. The trouble came after Greinke exited, and six relievers allowed six runs in three innings. The Padres won, 7-3.

Here are Don Mattingly and Yasmani Grandal‘s comments about the bullpen after the game:

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

Yasmani Grandal is ready to make the Padres pay.

Yasmani Grandal

Yasmani Grandal was traded to the Dodgers in December, part of the three-team trade that sent Matt Kemp to San Diego and Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Yasmani Grandal made his Dodgers debut Tuesday. Coincidentally, it came against the same team that employed him the last three years, the San Diego Padres.

“It’s funny,” he said before the game. “I was going through a scouting report and my wife was like, ‘I barely even know these guys.’ I know maybe half the team. (Will) Middlebrooks, (Yonder) Alonso, (Alexi) Amarista, (Jedd) Gyorko. I know the infield. That’s a good way to put it.”

To hear A.J. Ellis tell it, Grandal might have been selling himself short.

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