Kirk Niewenhuis drew a leadoff hit-by-pitch, Kevin Plawecki singled to right-center, and then Jacob deGrom plated a run with a groundball to first base as the Mets stopped Zack Greinke’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 45 2/3 in the bottom of the third inning Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson could have made a better play on Plawecki’s ball to right-center and Adrian Gonzalez could have made a better play on deGrom’s grounder to first, but this is baseball. You need a help from your friends to put together any kind of scoreless innings stretch.
Greinke’s streak started on June 13, and he hadn’t allowed a runner to reach third base since June 23.
It’s the sixth-longest consecutive scoreless innings streak of all time and the fourth-longest streak since 1920, behind only Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, and the MLB record holder Orel Hershiser.
Zack Greinke won’t have a chance to extend his scoreless innings streak against the Mets, which seems like an easy task. But he has a good reason for it:
The paternity list thing allows the Dodgers to replace him for three days, after which he’ll presumably and, for the sake of an easy delivery of Greinke Jr., hopefully return.
That would put him on schedule to chase Orel Hershisher’s scoreless innings record against the A’s, at home, on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Kershaw ended up throwing a three-hit shutout as part of a 3-0 victory. He struck out 11 and walked none and needed 104 pitches to go the distance.
While Kershaw still has a while to go to catch up to teammate Zack Greinke, he has now thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings. He has 38 strikeouts with no walks in 26 innings over his last three starts. His ERA is now down to 2.51 on the year.
8:47 p.m. ET: Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a well-struck single to right field, so the perfect game (and no-hit bid) is over.
8:35 p.m. ET: The no-hitter watch was on from the moment the Mets’ lineup was released this afternoon and so far Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has lived up to the billing and then some.
Kershaw is perfect through six innings tonight against the Mets. The southpaw has been in cruise control throughout, striking out eight batters while throwing 47 out of 62 pitches for strikes. He has gone to a three-ball count just once.
The Dodgers currently hold a 1-0 lead thanks to a solo homer from Jimmy Rollins off Bartolo Colon in the third inning.
Stay tuned to see if Kershaw can make some history tonight at Citi Field.