Los Angeles Dodgers’ Zack Greinke Pitches Best Game of Career

By Isaac Comelli
Zack Greinke
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A day after being shut out by their division rivals, the Colorado Rockies, Zack Greinke led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 win in what can be argued as the best game of his career.

In his first year with the Dodgers, Greinke is proving to be well worth the price the club paid for the 6’2” right-hander out of Florida. Over the offseason, the Dodgers shelled out $147 million over six years for the perennial star whose career includes a 3.78 ERA, a Cy Young Award and now 99 wins. Greinke will have his first crack at the 100-win club after the All-Star Break.

Based off of those statistics, it will likely not surprise you to hear that Greinke has had some great games in his career. His best strikeout performance in a single game was 15 Ks. He had even accumulated four complete game shutouts in his career before tonight’s game.

But this game stands above the rest. Greinke went all nine innings, gave up zero runs, allowed only two hits and one walk and did all of this efficiently with only 110 pitches thrown. He also had to continue throwing knowing he was not getting any offensive support. To top it all off, Greinke went the first four innings without a single strikeout, but finished the game with nine. What a gem.

To be fair, in two of Greinke’s previous complete game shut outs, he had 10 strikeouts. Alas, in those games, he allowed six hits and seven hits, respectively. Despite not not allowing a walk in those games, I believe it is safe to say that two hits and one walk is much more impressive than six or seven hits and zero walks. The difference of 10 Ks to nine does not do enough to offset that. Similarly, in the game he threw 15 strikeouts, Greinke allowed five hits, one walk and two runs to score. Although those games were excellent as well, they cannot compare to Greinke’s game tonight.

Greinke’s eighth win on the season brings his record to 8-2 and he has certainly made himself known as a force to be reckoned with in the Dodgers’ already stellar starting rotation. Tonight’s brilliant performance was most certainly the best and most dominant game he has ever pitched in the majors.

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