Zack Greinke homers, Dodgers demolish the Giants 17-0 at AT&T Park

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The Dodgers leaned on the gas and never took their foot off of the pedal, defeating their division rivals 17-0 to extend their NL West lead to two games. They racked up 24 hits, four walks, and three hit batsmen. One of those 24 hits was a Zack Greinke two-run home run in the sixth inning, which extended the Dodgers’ lead to 13-0 at the time.

It’s Greinke’s fourth career home run and first as a member of the Dodgers. Oh, and he threw six shutout innings, limiting the Giants to four hits while striking out five and walking none.

The 17-0 shellacking is the worst the Giants have taken at AT&T Park, per Alex Pavlovic. Tim Hudson started, allowed four runs in the first inning, and left after allowing back-to-back singles to start the second inning. Tim Lincecum relived him, and allowed both inherited runners to score along with two of his own, and from there, the Dodgers were an unstoppable force.

Hanley Ramirez finished 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Carl Crawford also had a three-RBI night, while Yasiel Puig joined the three-hit brigade.

Scott Van Slyke’s seventh-inning two-run home run, which pushed the score to 17-0, scored Dee Gordon and was hit off of Brett Bochy. Thus:

The two clubs will play the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon, but they won’t be finished with each other. They’ll meet again for a three game set in Los Angeles starting on the 22nd, the penultimate series of the regular season.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.