The season wasn't three games old and already the Dodgers were in major scramble bode. And we're pretty sure finding out your ace might be lost to you for at least a month qualifies as major.
Greinke, whose spring was hampered by a strained calf, made his first start of the season Tuesday for the Dodgers, and if the complete package wasn't exactly ace material, at least it was in the neighborhood.
Supported by a first-inning two-run homer crushed by
Greinke started strong, retiring the first 10 Padres batters, before new Dodgers nemesis
Greinke went only five innings, laboring through his final two. He gave up two runs, two hits and a pair of walks, with five strikeouts. But it took him 94 pitches (52 strikes) and the Dodgers had best look at it as a building process.
It was the 16th consecutive start in which Greinke went at least five innings and allowed two runs or fewer. That's what aces do, and what Greinke will need to do now more than ever.
Puig hit his towering shot to left in the first off
The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth when
Smith got one run back with his solo homer in the bottom of the inning and the Padres scored another in the fifth on a Greinke wild pitch.
The Dodgers' offense, however, is not exactly in high gear to start the season. They managed only seven hits, and left seven runners on base.
Gordon turned a double play to get Howell out of trouble in the eighth, then