On a clear Saturday night in LA where Don Mattingly gave most of his heavy hitters the night off, the Rox got a stellar performance from Jorge de la Rosa that even Scott Oberg couldn’t mess up. DLR fielded a grounder in the 7th twisting his groin awkwardly, we’ll have to wait to see how badly he reaggravated the injury. That didn’t diminish a huge quality start, 7.1 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 3 Ks and no BB, recording a 7-1 victory for his first win of the season. After an airmail from Descalso in the first, DLR sat down 18 Dodgers in a row.
For six innings, it looked like a pitcher’s duel. Zack Greinke made one mistake in the 1st to Carlos Gonzalez that landed in the right center field seats, and from there not a lot happened until the 7th. There was Daniel Descalso giving Wilin Rosario the old high-low workout on throws from SS to 1B, but the Rox managed to avoid damage. Of all the Dodgers hitters, Greinke mustered the biggest threat, launching one to left center that Charlie Blackmon tracked down on the track, with Corey Dickerson aggravating his plantar fasciitis slamming on the brakes before the wall.
Greinke had piled up 100 pitches in six innings, and was lifted for Sergio Santos. The Rox power game woke up. Santos yielded a walk to Michael McKenry (or his cardboard cutout, we know nobody walks in LA for the Rox). Descalso stepped up and blasted Santos into the right center field stairwell. Santos ran into more trouble in the 8th. Carlos Gonzalez showed left fielder Alex Guerrero what exit velocity really looks like, sizzling a ball that hit in front of Guerrero and skipped to the wall, scoring DJ LeMahieu. Nolan Arenado then did some yardwork to left center, putting the Rox up 6-0. A Rafael Ynoa double and DJ single produced the final run in the 9th.
After a short Rafael Betancourt clean up in the 8th, Weiss went to Scott Oberg (#SummonTheOberg) who tried his best to sink the ship in the 9th. HBP, double, walk, HBP, and then 2 Ks to get out of the mess with only one run.
Lingering injuries are defining the Rox right now – Tulo quad, Morneau concussion, Dickerson PF, possibly DLR groin. In good news, the swelling on Jordan Lyles’ pitching hand has gone down, he threw a scheduled bullpen and looks ready to go for his normal rotation turn. CarGo, who has always been notoriously streak, seems to be heating up finally. Admittedly, this was not the best lineup the Dodgers can run out, but a victory is a victory – and hanging an L on Greinke is always a plus.