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Dodgers' Zack Greinke returns to Miller Park, where he is 15-0

May 21, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke spent a season and a half with the Brewers.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke spent a season and a half with the Brewers. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

If the Dodgers and Manager Don Mattingly dream of building momentum off Monday’s 3-1 victory in Milwaukee, they just may have the right guy on the mound Tuesday night.

Right-hander Zack Greinke is returning to one of his former haunts, and should be feeling pretty good about it.

Greinke, who spent a season and half with the Brewers, has never lost at Miller Park. He is 15-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 24 games at Miller, and the team 23-1 in those starts.

This is only Greinke’s second start since coming off the disabled list with a broken collarbone and fourth of the season, so grand expectations by the Dodgers might be risky.

But the Brewers know Greinke’s abilities well. He went 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA for them in 2011, leading Milwaukee into the playoffs.

“I think any time a pitcher or a hitter does well in a certain location, it makes a difference,” Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke said told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Mentally, they have a good outlook coming into it, which makes them perform better. We certainly know how he pitches.”

In his first start since coming off the DL, he held the Nationals to one run in 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, not walking a batter and striking out four. He threw 83 pitches.

“We're not happy because we don't want to face one of the best pitchers in the game,” outfielder Carlos Gomez told Brewers.com, “but it's exciting. When you have success in a game against one of the best pitchers, you're going to feel better going forward.”

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