Greinke helps himself at plate in Dodgers' 10-8 win
(The Sports Xchange) - Zack Greinke shined on Thursday, but not the way he normally does.
In fact, the National League Cy Young Award favorite had his worst start of the season on the mound.
But as he struggled with his pitching, he made up for it at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored to help the Los Angeles Dodgers outslug the Philadelphia Phillies 10-8.
"He can swing the bat, that's for sure," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Greinke (11-2), who entered with a major league-best 1.41 ERA surrendered a season-high six runs, five of which came in the first inning.
However, the National League West-leading Dodgers (62-46) took care of the right-hander by countering with 15 hits and a surplus of support to improve to a season-best 16 games above .500.
"Today, I was really mad after that first inning, so more motivation to try and get some hits," Greinke said.
"Usually, I just try to focus on pitching, but we were down by some runs, so I needed to put some good at-bats out there today."
Los Angeles scored three runs in the first inning, that Philadelphia countered in the bottom with five runs before Greinke could get an out. Continued...