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Cole went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA

Postby elaine95 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:15 am

LOS ANGELES – The marquee matchup of a weekend duel for first place was supposed to take place Friday before the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled a late switch and nixed a battle of aces.The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw no longer will match up with the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ Zack Greinke in the second game of the four-game series at Dodger Stadium as fellow left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will take his place for the Dodgers Friday night.It wasn’t that the Dodgers wanted to spread the pitching wealth around the series. In moving Kershaw to Saturday’s game against Arizona [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-carlton-fisk-jersey]http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-carlton-fisk-jersey[/url] , it will give him an extra day of rest with a month left in the season, but primarily it lines up his next outing against another National League West title contender in the Colorado Rockies.Article continues below ...“Every game is very difficult, but when you’re playing a division rival, that essentially counts as two games,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “To have the guys that you want in a particular matchup, that’s what we feel comfortable with.”The Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks 3-1 on Thursday night to fall two games behind first-place Arizona in the division, while essentially putting more emphasis on Ryu’s start Friday.Greinke is still the Friday starter for Arizona. His August was not as good as his brilliant July, but he still arrives at his former home park with a 2.19 ERA over his last 10 starts going back to the beginning of July. His worst outing in that bunch came Aug. 13 when he gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Texas Rangers.But in his last outing Sunday against the contending Seattle Mariners [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-pedro-martinez-jersey]Pedro Martinez Jersey[/url] , Greinke (13-8, 2.93 ERA) went 6 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run and picked up his first victory since July 27. He is 6-4 lifetime against the Dodgers with a 3.84 ERA over 13 starts. This season Greinke is 2-0 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles.Greinke is well aware that Arizona still has two series remaining against the Dodgers, counting this one, as well as two series against the Rockies. The D-backs also have games remaining with the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs.“I don’t know about the strength of schedule, but it looks like we’ve got a lot of tough teams coming this month,” Greinke said, according to the Arizona Republic, “and play the people we’re competing against a lot, so it is going to be an intense last month [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-hanley-ramirez-jersey]http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-hanley-ramirez-jersey[/url] , I’d expect.”In three starts since coming off the disabled list because of a strained left groin, Ryu (4-1, 2.18) has been impressive. In recent starts against the Giants, Cardinals and Padres he has a combined 2.30 ERA over 15 2/3 innings.Ryu is 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 12 career starts against the Diamondbacks, and he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against them this season.Ryu has yet to throw more than 89 pitches in a start during his comeback, though, and the Dodgers could be forced to make an early call to a bullpen that has been a wild ride of late.Dodgers relievers struggled when closer Kenley Jansen was on the disabled list for 10 days in August with an irregular heartbeat. Jansen has struggled in four outings since he has returned, but the rest of the relievers have been better and the Dodgers just got right-hander Josh Fields back from a DL stint of his own because of right shoulder inflammation. BOSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole struggled at the beginning of his second playoff start with the Houston Astros.By the time he recovered, it was too late. Boston was well on its way to a big win.Cole’s electric fastball was lined all over Fenway Park and he also committed a costly error in his first career appearance in the AL Championship Series [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-bill-lee-jersey]Bill Lee Jersey[/url] , losing 7-5 to the Red Sox in Game 2 on Sunday.“You know early, I thought he was a little over-amped,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He was pretty excited — a lot of energy, wasn’t (executing) a ton of pitches.”One night after Justin Verlander pitched Houston to a 7-2 victory in the series opener, Cole was unable to duplicate the success of his fellow hard-throwing right-hander. The 28-year-old Cole allowed a season-high five runs and surrendered six hits — all of them on fastballs — in six innings.Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston.Cole said his main trouble in the first inning was his inability to get his breaking pitches over the plate.“I was just not able to really find the zone with it and be able to put pressure on them with those offerings,” he said. “You know, I just found myself without leverage and I found myself with traffic, and I had to make some pitches. I did the best I could in those situations, but when you’re facing some of the best hitters in the world [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-xander-bogaerts-jersey]Xander Bogaerts Jersey[/url] , they do their job as well.”Cole went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in his first season with Houston after he was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh, helping the World Series champion Astros return to the playoffs with a second straight AL West title.He was terrific in the AL Division Series against Cleveland, striking out 12 while pitching seven innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory in Game 2. He joined Hall of Famer Tom Seaver as the only players to strike out at least 12 without walking a batter in the postseason.He had a completely different performance against the high-scoring Red Sox.Looking amped and jittery, Cole allowed his first run on his sixth pitch of the game. Mookie Betts drove his 3-1 pitch off the wall in center, and Andrew Benintendi followed with an RBI single.After J.D. Martinez lined to second, Cole picked up Xander Bogaerts’ bouncer in front of the mound and threw wildly to first for an error. The miscue helped set up Rafael Devers’ RBI single.“I fielded the ball, I checked second,” Cole said. “I felt like I had good footing to throw to Yuli (Gurriel) and the back foot gave out as I was throwing it and I just kind of goosed it.”Houston tried to pick up Cole with two runs in the second and third, but he was unable to hold onto the 4-2 lead.Jackie Bradley Jr. put Boston ahead to stay with a three-run double off the Green Monster with two out in the third. Cole walked Devers on four pitches and struck out Ian Kinsler swinging before Bradley’s big blow.“I was having a little bit of trouble that inning trying to field my way through the strike zone [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-joe-kelly-jersey]http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-joe-kelly-jersey[/url] ,” Cole said. “I felt that after I had got the count back to 2-1 that I was going to just try to execute a fastball down and away. I executed it down, but it creeped over the plate too much which I guess gave him enough barrel to be able to just put it right on the wall down there.”After Boston took its 5-4 lead, Cole struck out Christian Vazquez to end the inning and retired his next nine batters before he was lifted from just his third career start at Fenway.Cole was 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA in four career playoff starts coming into the night.
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