On a night when
The move of Ethier to everyday center fielder is about his defense, the Dodgers' new mantra.
On Tuesday they received an offensive addition from their defensive move, Ethier rediscovering his power stroke with a four-RBI night in the Dodgers’ 6-3 victory over the
But Crawford’s left ankle gave out from under him as he entered the warning track chasing a
He was not replaced in left by
Crawford had been particularly hot of late, batting .362 (25 for 69) in his last 22 games, with four homers. The Dodgers were simply calling it an ankle sprain, but it appeared severe enough to keep him out for awhile.
Ethier started the Dodgers' scoring with a solo home run in the second and added a bases-loaded triple in the fourth.
The home run was only Ethier's third of the season. He entered the game with a slugging percentage of .372 this season, almost a full 100 points below his previous career average (.470).
For his career, Ethier has averaged a home run every 29 at-bats. Entering Tuesday, he had averaged one every 69 at-bats this season.
But Ethier had been hitting well of late (.333 in his last 21 games) and his four-RBI night leaves him third on the team.
Greinke had allowed only one fifth-inning run and was cruising until possibly tiring in the eighth.
He left the game after Mesoraco's sixth home run of the season. Tuesday marked the end to Greinke's streak of having allowed two or fewer earned runs in 22 consecutive starts.
In his 7-2/3 innings, Greinke (8-1) allowed the three runs on eight hits. He struck out 11 and did not walk a batter.