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Aces Wild: Greinke, Cain square off at Chavez Ravine
(SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Greinke shoots for his second win of the season Sunday when the Los Angeles Dodgers finish off a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Greinke, who did not accompany the Dodgers to Australia because of a calf injury early on in spring training, showed no ill effects from the ailment on Tuesday against San Diego, as he retired the first 10 batters he faced and held the Padres to two runs and two hits in five innings.
"I wasn't as crisp as I need to be," said Greinke. "My location, like on the four-pitch walk to Jedd Gyorko (leading off the fifth inning), most were not even close to the strike zone. The home run to Seth Smith, I got behind in the count. And when you don't make quality pitches, they're going to do that."
Greinke has faced the Giants twice without recording a decision.
San Francisco will counter with an impressive right-hander of its own in Matt Cain, who did not get a decision on Tuesday in Arizona. Coming off the worst season of his career, Cain started his 2014 campaign by allowing three runs (2 earned) and seven hits over five innings in his team's 5-4 loss on Tuesday.
Cain's troubles may continue on Sunday, as he owns a 5-10 lifetime mark against the Dodgers with a 3.45 ERA in 28 starts.
San Francisco continued to impress on Saturday, as Pablo Sandoval stroked a three-run homer in the Giants' 7-2 triumph. Buster Posey and Michael Morse also homered while Hunter Pence contributed two doubles in San Francisco's fourth straight win.
Madison Bumgarner (1-0), who picked up a no-decision on Opening Day, surrendered two runs on eight hits with 10 strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings.
"We have guys that can hit the long ball," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "We have more power and hopefully it will help us. Madison was terrific against a tough lineup. The defense did a terrific job today."
Andre Either and Juan Uribe each drove in a run and Scott Van Slyke crossed the plate twice for the Dodgers, who have dropped two in a row. Starter Paul Maholm (0-1) lasted only 4 1/3 innings in the defeat, giving up five runs on seven hits with two walks.
"We had some chances, but Madison was tough," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We weren't able to do enough to win today."
San Francisco was 11-8 last year against the Dodgers.
04/06 11:32:51 ET