The offense never really got going for Cincinnati as the Reds fell 3-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. The loss was the 4th in a row and the 6th in the last 7 games for the Reds as they fall to 2-6 on the season.
|Cincinnati Reds (2-6)
|Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2)
|W: Anderson (1-0) L: Gutierrez (0-2) SV: Kimbrell (2)
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Cincinnati went quietly in the first two innings, but in the top of the 3rd they started to put together a rally. Aramis Garcia and Tyler Naquin both singled before a 2-out walk by Joey Votto loaded the bases. The rally fell short of bringing in a run when Aristides Aquino struck out to end the threat.
The top of the 6th inning started out in a scary way as Joey Votto was hit in the helmet by a pitch. It caught him on the bill as he was trying to hit the deck, so it could have been much worse than it was, and he remained in the game. He was erased on the bases on a force out, but back-to-back 2-out singles by Mike Moustakas and Kyle Farmer moved Aristides Aquino around the bases to put the Reds on the board before a strikeout ended the inning with the Reds trailing 3-1.
That was all Cincinnati would get the rest of the night as they went in order in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings.
After getting the Dodgers in order in the 1st, Vladimir Gutierrez needed some help to get out of the next inning. The first two batters reached base before a 2-out single by Chris Taylor brought in the first run for Los Angeles. But a second runner tried to score on the play and was thrown out at the plate by Aristides Aquino to end the inning. The Dodgers added another run on a Trea Turner RBI triple in the 3rd. They would add another run in the 5th, though things could have gone much worse as Gutierrez allowed a triple to Gavin Lux, hit Mookie Betts, and then walked Freddie Freeman to load the bases to begin the inning before he was replaced by Jeff Hoffman. He would walk a run in, but limited the damage at just that as the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead.
Dauri Moreta celebrated his birthday with two strikeouts in a scoreless 6th inning to hold the score at 3-1. Fellow rookie Alexis Diaz took over in the 7th and worked around a single for a shutout inning to hold the deficit for Cincinnati at two runs. Ryan Hendrix worked around a single and a walk with a little help from Aramis Garcia who threw out Cody Bellinger on an attempted steal in a scoreless bottom of the 8th, giving the Reds one last chance to put runs on the board and extend the game. They couldn’t.
Notes Worth Noting
The game ended at 1:28 AM on the east coast.
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