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Zack Greinke just knows how to win … or something

Oct 10, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

NLDS Diamondbacks Brewers Baseball

Zack Greinke picked up the victory last night in Game 1 of the NLCS and in doing so became the first pitcher in more than a decade to be credited with a “win” in the postseason while allowing six or more runs.

Orlando Hernandez of the Yankees was the last pitcher to receive the long leash and run support to make that possible, beating the Mariners in Game 6 of the ALCS in 2000 despite coughing up six runs in seven innings.

And besides Greinke and Orlando Hernandez the only other pitcher to accomplish that feat since 1980 is Livan Hernandez in 1997, when he tossed eight innings of six-run ball for the Marlins in Game 5 of the World Series against the Indians.

So in the past 30 years the only three pitchers to get a playoff victory while giving up at least six runs are Greinke and the Hernandez brothers. Obviously those three guys just know how to win.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Great win by the Brewers yesterday. Good solid hitting. They keep coming at you (much like their NL Central counterpart). The huge difference between the Phillies and Brewers (as I have been saying since Friday night)…is the Phillies pitch…pitch…pitch…pitch.
    Whereas, the Brewers…pitch…hit….pitch…and hit some more.
    With these teams going at it…I expect nothing less than nail-biters the entire series.
    Good luck the rest of the way Brewers fans…I just hope the Cardinals have more of it. Go Cardinals!

  2. Cran Boy - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    He was pitching to the score. (Never mind that at one point he was trailing 5-2. He just knew the Crew was going to get six in the bottom of the fifth.)

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      “He was pitching to the score.” “He just knew” they were going to get 6 in the bottom of the 5th. Great post Cran. I needed a pick me up today. Your post resulted in my first chuckle. Either way…good win.

  3. spudchukar - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    It was a good start for the Brewers, but not for Greinke, and that is the one redeeming factor to extract from Game 1. He should be scheduled to go again in Game 5, and when your ace struggles it has to be a concern. The Cards are a good fastball hitting team, but the over reliance of breaking balls got Greinke in most of his trouble.

    Cards have generally hit well against Gallardo, so the Carpenter match-up looks good, but the Jackson start tonight makes me mighty nervous. St. Louis fans have seen the Garcia blow-up on the road too many times this season, but his next and only other start should be in Game 5 at home. Not sure what the record is for most runs scored by two teams in a 7-game series, but it could be challenged.

    One last note, that I discovered today, if the NL series goes 7 games there is no day off before the World Series starts. If either the Tigers or Rangers wrap up their series in 6 or less they are going to have a decided advantage entering the WS.

    • Old Gator - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      I’m glad Greinke knows how to win. He doesn’t seem to know when to keep his mouth shut, though.

  4. mvp43 - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    I have a hard time rooting for the Cards because of La Russa. He hides behind the “un-written” rules of the game crap, yet is the first one to call out another team when they “in his view” do something that dishonors the great american sport. A few years back when the Brewers were untucking their shirts after every win, La Russa called them out saying that there’s no room for that in the game, yet, Puljous gets a hit and does that point to the sky routine and La Russa has no problem with that. Even worse, he’ll order a pitcher to throw at a batter and complain when a team retaliates……..he’s a complete jerk. Lets see, Braun hits a HR, next batter Prince Fielder, what happens? The only guy I respect on that team is Berkman.

    My team was one and done, but I’m rooting for the Brew-Crew!

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Yeah…you will find (if you did your homework)…that Prince said he wasn’t trying to hit him. Come on Man…it was a freaking 60 mile curve ball from a left handed pitcher…to a left handed batter. As for the Pujols comment….I don’t even know how to respond to that garbage. Looks like you may be a little hypocritical yourself with your accolades vs. criticism. Either way…to each his own.

      • metalhead65 - Oct 10, 2011 at 3:34 PM

        sure he wasn’t just like cordero wasn’t trying to hit pujols when they played they reds but that did not stop duncan and the clowns on the bench from acting like a bunch of babies now did it? face the cards can’t accept the fact they no longer own the division like they used to and act like they are so superior to everyone else. how dare you pitch inside but it is perfectly ok for their guys to do it because they would never intentionally hit anybody.Brandon Phillips was right and was the only one with guts to say it. they over react to everything and make it personal. what did grienke say? he said some of his teammates think carpenter is a phony. did he say carpenter was? no he just repeated what his teammates said but they make it like he called him out personally.does not matter how many runs he gave up he and the brewers got the win and that is all that matters. it is nice the cards had a great sept. but sure did not hurt their cause that the braves collapsed and the cards had to play the cubs and astros the final week now did it? braves pull out 2 more wins and the cards do not make it so excuse me if I am not impressed by them backing in.

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