Sometimes it happens so early in a game that you tend to forget about it, or at least overlook it.
But something big happened in the first inning, something fairly remarkable.
The Dodgers had sent out their other ace,
It was an opportunity to break open the game early, to rattle Greinke. Except he seemed less rattled than baffled.
“It was more like a look of bewilderment,” catcher
Cleanup hitter Matt Adams came up and the Dodgers conceded a run, playing the infield back for the double play.
“We were just trying to hold them to one run,” second baseman
Greinke battled his emotions and bore down. He is, if nothing else, a fierce competitor.
"I was real nervous out there with that situation and trying to make a good pitch," Greinke said.
But when the count got to 2 and 2 on Adams, Greinke became more ambitious and went for the strikeout. He threw Adams a curveball that ended up in the dirt and was blocked by A.J. Ellis. Adams swung and missed.
"With Molina there is nothing you could do that you know is going to work," Greinke said. "He can adjust to anything. I kind of got lucky, I guess. I made a good pitch, but still even with a good pitch he can hurt you, and it just worked out."
On the verge of possibly breaking out to a nice early lead, or at least scoring a run, the Cardinals were turned away without a run.