This one had to feel pretty good for Zack Greinke.
The Dodgers pitcher was the focal point of much of the conversation going into Monday night’s series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. He was in the middle of a benches-clearing brawl that took place between the teams in their previous series meeting June 11.
On Monday, Greinke posted one of the best all-around outings of his career in the Dodgers’ 6-1 win. The right-hander went seven shutout innings, striking out seven and yielding just two hits. He also went three for three at the plate to raise his batting average to .370. Greinke did not hit a batter.
The Dodgers didn’t hit a home run, but scored a run in the fourth inning, two in the fifth, two in the seventh, and one in the ninth. The Diamondbacks’ lone run came with two out in the bottom of the ninth.