Ricky Nolasco is 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 10 starts since the Dodgers acquired him from the Marlins on July 6, with 51 strikeouts and 15 walks in 61⅓ innings.
Monthly Archives: August 2013
Zack Greinke, the Dodgers’ other ace pitcher, had a shutout through eight innings Monday against the Cubs.
So, of course, because of baseball’s old-fashioned, macho, unwritten rules, Greinke had to go to the hill for the ninth inning and try to get the shutout. Even though his pitch count was well over 100 and the Dodgers had a six-run lead.
Greinke couldn’t get the last out and was forced to throw a bunch more pitches. He finished with close to 125. Cripes.
The Dodgers brought in Brian Wilson, who got the last out. Dodgers 6, Cubs 2. But what I’ll remember about this game — especially if Greinke develops a sore arm in the weeks to come — is the needless ninth inning our starter was asked to pitch.
The Dodgers should have put Greinke on ice and used a relief pitcher to get the last three outs. We need to save his bullets for October, not a meaningless ninth inning in August. Dumb.
I wish the Cubs would have scored a run or two earlier in the game, so Grienke wouldn’t have felt pressure to finish his shutout in the ninth.
We enjoyed an Iowa Cubs game today with longtime friend Matt, his wife Sara and their girls.
It was hot, but we found a shady area and luckily there was a breeze.
Maisa and the girls got soaked in the splash park area near the right-field foul pole. They also found time to eat sno-cones and cotton candy. 🙂
Special thanks to Matt and family for joining us on a steamy day.