Cincinnati needed a win to pick up the sweep. The Reds didn’t get it, though the final score doesn’t reflect how much of the game took place as a 6-run 8th inning put things away as the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided the sweep.
|Cincinnati Reds (11-13)
|Los Angeles Dodgers (16-9)
|W: Kershaw (4-2) L: Gray (0-2)
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Nick Senzel led off the game with a single and a steal, but he was thrown out stealing third base on a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play to end the threat and the inning. In the third a Sonny Gray walk and another single by Senzel had the Reds threatening Clayton Kershaw again, but a ground out ended the inning as the Dodgers held onto their lead.
The Reds went quietly in the 4th and 5th before Nick Senzel picked up his third hit of the day against Kershaw, but he was stranded on the bases as the lefty buckled down and went 1-2-3 to follow. Cincinnati’s offense was quiet in the 6th and 7th, but got things going a bit in the 8th against Blake Treinen when Tyler Naquin was hit by a pitch with one out and moved up to third on Senzel’s fourth hit of the day. But Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos struck out to strand the runners and keep the Reds with a zero on the board.
Mike Moustakas would add an excuse-me check swing single in the 9th with two outs. Tyler Stephenson lined the ball off of pitcher Garrett Cleavinger at 106 MPH that caught him in the arm and he beat out the throw by a matter of inches to keep the game going, but not until the plate was challenged by the Reds. Pitcher Alex Blandino hit for himself, but struck out in a 6-pitch at-bat to end the game.
Sonny Gray worked around a leadoff double in the 1st inning. He didn’t work around a leadoff walk in the second inning as Chris Taylor came around to score to put the Dodgers up 1-0. In the 3rd inning Justin Turner hit a 2-out solo home run that to extend the Los Angeles lead to 2-0.
The Reds right-hander got into a groove in the 4th inning, striking out the side. Gray then picked up two more strikeouts in a hitless 5th inning as his strikeout total reached 10. He returned to the mound for the 6th inning and picked up a free small pizza from LaRosa’s by striking out Justin Turner to begin the inning. Max Muncy followed up with a ground out, but Chris Taylor drew a walk and that was the end of the day for Gray (5.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 11K).
Ryan Hendrix came on needing one out. He walked the first batter he saw on four pitched. A grounder to Mike Moustakas at third almost went awry when he made a poor throw to first base, but Joey Votto dove for the ball while somehow keeping his toe on the bag just long enough for the ball to hit his glove before coming off to end the inning and strand the runners.
Amir Garrett ended the game for the bottom of the 7th inning. The lefty has struggled this season, but on Wednesday he came through with a 1-2-3 inning. Sal Romano came into the game for the 8th – a move that also saw some defensive movement as Tyler Naquin moved to center and Nick Senzel took over at second base. A 1-out walk would come back to bite Romano as Justin Turner scored on a 2-out triple by Chris Taylor. He would score on the next pitch as AJ Pollock lined a single into left to make it 4-0. An intentional walk to Luke Raley was followed by a regular walk of Austin Barnes to load the bases. Matt Beaty then lined a 2-run single to extend the Dodgers lead to 6-0 and put the game entirely out of reach. Mookie Betts came through with another 2-run single to make it 8-0. A walk to Gavin Lux followed and that was it for Romano on the day.
This is where things got fun if you were still watching the game because Alex Blandino came on to pitch. After falling behind to Justin Turner he got a lazy fly to shallow right field to end the suffering.
Notes Worth Noting
Since April 11th Nick Senzel has started 11 games. He’s gone hitless in eight of them. In the other three games he’s had multiple hits, including today.
Sonny Gray missed all kinds of bats on the day. He threw 95 pitches and got 15 swings and misses. His fastball, which averaged 92.1 MPH in his first two starts of the year jumped up on the day to a 93.4 MPH average today.
Alex Blandino’s career ERA remains 0.00.
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