So about that old baseball adage that good pitching beats good hitting.
Not exactly, or at least, not always.
Certainly not Monday night, not that right-hander
The Dodgers sent out their No. 2 starter, former
The Angels pounded him for four runs in the first inning, and with Richards throwing a five-hit shutout, that was your ballgame. It was the first career shutout for Richards.
The Dodgers didn't exactly help Greinke's cause in the first inning, but then he contributed mightily to the poor opening himself, allowing four hits and throwing two wild pitches.
Kole Calhoun started the fun for the Angels by lining a single to left that
The Angels weren't done, though.
A Greinke wild pitch moved Aybar to second and he scored on the first of two throwing errors by shortstop
The Dodgers were down 4-0, and Richards wasn't in the mood for any home-team comebacks.
Richards (12-4) made quick work of the Dodgers. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter. All five hits he allowed were singles.
Greinke (12-7) settled down after the first, allowing only two more hits in his seven innings. One, however, was a mammoth home run by Hamilton in the sixth. Greinke did not walk a batter and struck out five.
Pujols managed to add some insult to a lackadaisical
Not a lot went well for the Dodgers on Monday.