The idea was, two aces. Harken back to the days of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. For the moment, it might be happening better than anticipated.
One night after
Greinke extended his personal scoreless streak to 35 2/3 innings with eight scoreless innings Thursday in the
The only hit he surrendered was a single
Greinke came in with the lowest earned-run average in the majors, and then lowered it to 1.39. He becomes the first pitcher since 1968 to enter the All-Star break with a sub-1.40 ERA and more than 100 innings pitched.
Greinke (8-2) is likely making himself a lot of money in the process. He has three years and $71 million remaining on his existing six-year deal, but can opt out after this season. He turns 32 in October.
In Greinke's eight innings Thursday, he did not walk a batter and struck out eight. Howard was the Phillies' only baserunner.
Joel Peralta gave up a two-out hit but pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the shutout, the Dodgers' 13th of the season, tying them with the Giants for the most in the majors.
The offense was led by