|Cincinnati Reds (10-12)
|Los Angeles Dodgers (15-8)
|W: Antone (1-0) L: K. Jansen (0-1)
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The Dodgers were up late last night attempting to fend off the upstart Franciscans from San Diego. Blowing a 7-1 lead speaks to the reality of what Scott Rolen once referred to as the Big 162. If a team with all that front office excellence and Bel Air bling can play a middling .500 over their last 10 games, perhaps the Reds recent struggles aren’t as much about WHO they are, but WHERE they are right now.
A strike zone the size of an iPad put Tyler Mahle behind the 8-ball early in the first inning, resulting in a leadoff double for Mookie Betts. Two walks bookended a fly out put the Reds’ hurler in early trouble. An inning-ending double play saved the day as Mahle walked off the mound, a ho-hum countenance on display for the home Los Angelenos.
Tyler Mahle is a cool cat.
In the top of the 4th, the Reds would break through. A Jesse Winker single. A Nick Castellanos double followed by a Eugenio Suarez ground out plated the Reds first run. A sac fly by Nick Senzel would make the score 2-0. Maybe as important, the Reds forced Julio Urias to throw 30 pitches in that inning. Let’s put a pin in that. Last night wore out the Dodger pen.
A bloop and a ball to Max Muncy’s tricep put 2 runners on with no outs for the Dodgers. Just when it looked like Mahle was going to work out of it, Gavin Lux singled to cut the Reds’ lead in half, 2-1.
A 2-out single just past the outstretched Rawlings of Corey Seager by Castellanos plated Farmer, who started off the inning by getting plunked by Urias, then took second on a fine sacrifice bunt by Mahle. Reds 3, Dodgers 1.
David Bell rolled the dice on Mahle in the bottom of the 5th, as he faced Betts and the top of the Dodger lineup for the third time. It worked. Strike outs of Betts and Muncy to end the inning on Mahle’s 97th pitch ended Tyler’s very fine night.
Tyler Mahle’s final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Maybe Bell was thinking about Mahle’s dominance of left-handed hitters. Going into the inning, left handers were 4-52 against Mahle. Two of the next 3 hitters to face Mahle in the bottom of the 5th were lefties. Muncy—a lefty—would strike out on a 96 mph fastball up.
Lucas Sims entered the game determined not to waste Mahle’s night. He struck out the side in the 6th. He would return in the 7th and get two outs, then give way to Amir Garrett to face left-handed hitter Seager.
Garrett would continue to flounder. Seager golfed a Garrett delivery over the wall to tie the game at 3.
Tejay Antone would come on in the 8th and hold the Dodgers at bay behind a nifty turn of the double-play by the Reds’ defense. Antone would hit his second batter in the 9th, but work around it to send the game in extra innings.
Yes, Virginia, the Reds lead the league in home runs. Winker swung the stick in the top of the 10th, a 2-run blast, courtesy of Major League Baseball’s idiotic Deux ex Machina rule, lowering Blandino onto 2nd base from the heavens. Reds 5-3.
Antone would be the second Reds relief pitcher to bat in the game. He would strike out 2 in the tenth, walk 1, and hold on to put L.A. away for the win.
What L.A. Said
“The Reds are a team that is definitely down. 0 for their last 7. The Dodgers are disappointed in their loss yesterday and maybe the way they played against San Diego, but, they’re not down. And I think they still believe in themselves. I think the Reds are still looking for ‘who are they.'”
What Did We Learn Today?
If you didn’t know how good Tyler Mahle is, tonight was your wake-up call. He’s been better than most have recognized. But not everybody:
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) April 27, 2021
Tyler Stephenson, Castellanos and Winker all had 2 hits. Joey Votto was given the night off and gave his replacement very specific instructions, apparently. Alex Blandino listened and walked 3 times.
What to do about Amir Garret? Well, it’s complicated:
Amir Garrett has no options, so he can’t be sent down. He *seems* healthy, so you can’t IL him. He’s probably not going to “figure it out” by not pitching, so just not pitching him probably doesn’t get you where you need to be. Only using him in blowouts- those don’t happen often
— Doug Gray is fully vaccinated (@dougdirt24) April 27, 2021
Suarez (0-5) continues to look totally lost at the plate.
On Deck for the Redlegs
Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
April 27 at 10:10 pm ET