Poor defense and facing Max Scherzer led to the Los Angeles Dodgers defeating the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park by a score of 5-1.
|Los Angele Dodgers (95-54)||5||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (77-72)||1||2||2|
|W: Scherzer (15-4) L: Gray (7-8) SV: Jansen (34)
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Cincinnati went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 1st inning, but in the 2nd the Reds tried to get something going. Joey Votto walked to lead off the inning and Kyle Farmer picked up an infield single to put two on with just one out. Max Scherzer, however, had a different idea than the Reds did and struck out Tucker Barnhart and got Delino DeShields to ground out to second base to end the threat. Jonathan India would double in the 3rd, and Votto would walk again in the 4th, but neither event resulted in much of anything. They didn’t get another baserunner against Scherzer, who exited the game after the 7th. In the 8th inning the Reds went 1-2-3, but saw outfielder TJ Friedl make his big league debut as he came off of the bench to take Joe Kelly. Friedl popped out to third baseman Justin Turner.
In the 9th inning the Reds went to Tyler Stephenson as a pinch hitter for Max Schrock. He hit it hard, but Mookie Betts caught his fly ball on the warning track in right field. Nick Castellanos, like Stephenson before him, got into one, but also flew out to the warning track – his to center. Joey Votto walked to keep the Reds alive for at least one more at-bat. That at-bat went to Mike Moustakas who hit a laser off of the wall in right-center for a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd for Kyle Farmer. The Dodgers felt obligated to help out as Farmer hit a weak grounder to short, but Corey Seager threw it in the dirt to 1st base for an error, bringing Votto in to score and make it 5-1 and keep Cincinnati is alive. That led to Kenley Jansen entering the game to face Eugenio Suárez, who was called on to pinch hit for Tucker Barnhart. He worked a full count after falling behind 0-2, but he eventually struck out swinging to end the game.
Sonny Gray took a no-hitter into the 4th inning. A 2-out infield single that was highly questionable for the official ruling – many expected it to be an error before the ruling came down – ended the no-hit bid, but a strikeout ended any threat the Dodgers had in the inning.
Things went downhill from there. Justin Turner doubled to lead off the inning. Chris Taylor then grounded the ball to Mike Moustakas who bobbled it, then threw it away to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Another questionable scoring call ruled that a hit then a throwing error. Gavin Lux then tripled in both runs to make it 2-0. Austin Barnes then grounded out, but plated Lux to extend the lead to 3-0.
In the 6th inning another single from Trea Turner led off the inning and he moved up when Max Muncy walked. A ground out moved Turner to third. That led to Chris Taylor laying down a squeeze bunt to score Turner and make it 4-0. It would be the final inning for Gray who was charged with four earned runs in 6.0 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
Jeff Hoffman came out for the 7th inning and picked up two strikeouts in a perfect inning of work. Art Warren, who was activated from the 60-day injured list prior to the game today, headed to the mound for the first time since July 11th to begin the 8th inning. Warren would strike out three batters as he worked around a single by Justin Turner.
Amir Garrett took over in the 9th. He got a ground out to start the inning, but then walked Austin Barnes and allowed a single to Albert Pujols on a line drive off of the glove of a leaping Mike Moustakas. Mookie Betts followed up with an RBI single to pad the Dodgers lead and put the game out of slam-range, making it 5-0. That’s where the damage came to an end, but it was more than enough for Los Angeles to hold onto for the win.
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