DLD Recap: Dodgers hammer Zack Greinke, rout Astros 8-1 and split series

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POST-GAME BRIEFING

Trying to recover from last night’s heart-breaking loss, the Dodgers came into the Sunday finale against the Astros facing former-Dodger Zack Greinke. Greinke didn’t have it tonight as the Dodgers put up five runs in his five innings of work on their way to an 8-1 victory. Overall, the Dodgers took three of four from the hated-Astros in two separate two-game sets this season.  

The Blue Crew’s offense was a well-balanced attack which started off with AJ Pollock hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the first.  The game stayed close until the fifth inning when Kiké Hernandez drove in Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor on a two-RBI single.  The next batter, Mookie Betts, hammered his 15th home run of the season, which effectively ended Greinke’s night.  Chris Taylor put the game on ice in the eighth with a three-run blast; his fifth homer of the year. 

Tonight was a bullpen-game for the Dodgers and the relievers did not disappoint. The team of Brusdar Graterol, Josh Sborz, Victor Gonzalez, Jake McGee, Dylan Floro, Alex Wood, Caleb Ferguson and Kenley Jansen combined to strike out 10 while surrendering just one run on four hits. The only blemish was a solo shot from Astros outfielder George Springer off Floro in the sixth.

SCORING PLAYS

Bot 1st: AJ Pollock solo home run (1-0) LAD 

Bot 5th: Kiké Hernandez a 2-RBI single (3-0) LAD

Bot 5th: Mookie Betts a 2-run home run (5-0) LAD 

Top 6th: George Springer solo home run (5-1) LAD

Bot 8th: Chris Taylor 3-run home (8-1) LAD 


DLD PLAY OF THE GAME

Tonight’s DLD Play of the Game is Mookie Betts’ 15th home run of the season, which was his third career home run against Zack Greinke in five at-bats.

DLD PLAYER OF THE GAME

The player of the game is Chris Taylor who went 3-4 with a 3-run homer and 2 runs scored.

UP NEXT

The Dodgers will open a crucial three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park that could possibly decide the National League West title.   The Dodgers have not yet announced their starter for Monday’s game.  The Padres are set to start Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 2.24 ERA with 68 strike outs). Game time will be 6:10 pm and will be on SportsNet LA and AM570.

Edward M Bayer III has returned to DLD after a short hiatus. Follow him on Twitter at @insuradj02 and follow @DodgersLowDown for more.