The September struggles for Wade Miley continued as the Dodgers put up six runs in just 3.0 innings against the lefty on the day as Los Angeles picked up an 8-5 win on Sunday and took the series against the Cincinnati Reds.
|Los Angele Dodgers (96-54)||8||12||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (77-73)||5||8||1|
|W: Kershaw (10-7) L: Miley (12-7)
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Clayton Kershaw held the Reds scoreless through the first three innings of the game. But in the 4th inning Nick Castellanos doubled and scored on a ground out by Tyler Stephenson to make it a 6-1 ballgame. Cincinnati didn’t get on the board again until the bottom of the 6th inning when TJ Friedl pinch hit for reliever Justin Wilson to lead off the inning and picked up his first hit, which was also his first home run of his career.
In an all-time good guy move, Mookie Betts signaled to the fan who caught the ball to throw it back and he would “take care of him”. The fan obliged and the next inning Betts took a signed bat out there for the fan.
Michael Diddle of Portsmouth, Ohio, caught the ball from TJ Friedl’s first MLB hit, a home run. Dodgers RF watched the ball, asked for it and told Diddle “I got you.” In the bottom of the 7th, Betts came back with a signed bat pic.twitter.com/wVT8kh9vNX
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 19, 2021
With the bullpen keeping the Dodgers at six, the Cincinnati offense went back to it in the 8th and it was TJ Friedl getting things started again – this time with a 1-out single. He scored on the next play when Jonathan India doubled to make it 6-3. India then stole 3rd base and would score on a single by Nick Castellanos to make it 6-4.
In the 9th inning Joey Votto picked up his 31st homer of the year – a solo shot – but after the Dodgers padded their lead in the top of the inning it wasn’t enough as Cincinnati fell 8-5.
It was another tough outing for Wade Miley in September. After being the Reds best pitcher for the first five months of the season, his struggles in September continued as he gave up six runs in the first three innings before he was replaced.
With the score 6-0 the Reds bullpen did all that they could to keep the Dodgers off of the board for as long as they could. Tony Santillan threw 2.0 shutout innings, Justin Wilson tossed a shutout inning, Art Warren and Amir Garrett both tossed hitless innings as the Reds offense clawed their way back to make it a 6-4 game entering the 9th. But Jeff Hoffman ran into some struggles in the 9th as he gave up two runs on two hits, two walks, and a hit batter – making it 8-4.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds
Monday September 20th, 6:40pm ET
Dillon Peters (1-2, 2.66 ERA) vs Vladimir Gutierrez (9-6, 4.25 ERA)