Zack Greinke overwhelms the Cubs in Dodgers' 6-2 victory
By By Dylan Hernandez
Aug 27, 2013 | 2:07 AM
The defeats over the previous two days felt like something from the distant past. Zack Greinke was pitching, which these days equates to an automatic victory for the Dodgers.
With Greinke taking a shutout into the ninth inning, the Dodgers won their sixth consecutive game started by their $147-million co-ace, a 6-2 victory over the inexperienced and overmatched Chicago Cubs on Monday at Dodger Stadium.
This almost looked unfair, as one of baseball's best pitchers did more or less whatever he wanted to one of the National League's sorriest teams.
For the last-place Cubs, life won't become any better Tuesday. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start for the Dodgers.
Knowing Greinke and Kershaw's turns in the rotation were coming up was a reason why the Dodgers didn't appear particularly concerned about losing the final two games of their series against the Boston Red Sox.
The games against the Red Sox, however, made alarms sound in Don Mattingly's head. The manager was disturbed by what he perceived to be lackadaisical approaches at the plate by his hitters.
Of the Red Sox, he said, "I think over there, it was a little more intense and more fight in their at-bats.
"I saw them foul off more tough pitches and just take advantage of everything we did wrong.
"If we're going to get to where we want to go, those are the kinds of teams we're going to have to be. That's how everybody is going to be playing. It kind of gives you a little barometer of the kind of baseball you have to play."
The Cubs didn't offer the Dodgers that caliber of opponent. But the Dodgers responded by playing the kind of baseball Mattingly wanted.
The Dodgers were blanked by Jake Arrieta over the first three innings, but gradually wore him down. By the end of the game, they had scored more runs than they had in the entire Red Sox series (five).
Arrieta was knocked out of the game two batters into the sixth inning. He has already thrown 111 pitches as the Dodgers worked counts and drew five walks.
The Dodgers' first three runs were scored by players who walked.