The Dodgers depleted starting pitching staff got a much needed boost when former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke returned to the mound last week. He pitched a gem right when the Dodgers needed it. Tuesday Greinke returned to a park he had been extremely successful as recently as last season. But Zack Greinke only went 4.0 innings in his return to Miller Park in Milwaukee, and second outing off the disabled list.
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Zack Greinke had never been beaten in his career at Miller Park.
Zack Greinke enters tonight 15-0 at Miller Park. Per @eliassports that’s the best unbeaten record for any P in any ballpark
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 21, 2013
Greinke pitched 49 games in a Brewers uniform before being dealt to the Angels for stud prospect Jean Segura. In almost 2 full seasons with the Brewers, Greinke made 23 starts at home in Miller Park and was never the losing pitcher of record. He recorded 15 wins in 23 outings until Tuesday.
Greinke started out sharp, including an RBI single to tie the game in the 3rd inning. Despite having the bases juiced with only 1 out, the Dodgers were only able to manufacture one more run, which turned out to be 3 too few in a 3 run loss. Greinke allowed 5 Earned Runs before the shaky bullpen had any input on the outcome. But the combination of Guerrier, Belisario, and Guerra shut out Milwaukee.
Despite familiarity, not many pitchers return to their former teams and experience a great deal of success, at least right away. But no other pitcher had the success that Zack Greinke had at Miller Park Either.
Hyun Jin Ryu (4-2) is scheduled to get the start against Wily Peralta (3-4) in an game 3 of the series on Wednesday at 10:10 PST.