A seven-run fourth inning outburst led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-1 victory Sunday and a four-game series sweep over the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium.
|Cincinnati Reds (2-8)||1||4||0|
|Los Angeles Dodgers (7-2)
|W: Heaney (1-0) L: Mahle (1-1)
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Cincinnati’s sixth straight defeat dropped the visitors to a major-league worst 2-8.
I know I’m talking to a core group of true diehards here. I am angry. This team went through a five-year rebuild to get to the point where they were competitive. Then the front office tore it all apart.
There are many injured players who are sidelined, but there is nobody on that list who is a season-saver.
It was interesting that Manager David Bell pulled Joey Votto and Kyle Farmer in the sixth inning today. That was, indeed, the signal to everyone that if you dared to dream about a big comeback today, don’t bother. Again, the message Reds diehards like us received was, that doing whatever we can to break a five-game losing streak is not really our objective. We’re not going to share with you what our objective is, but it certainly isn’t winning today’s game.
Dodgers lefty Andrew Heaney, with a career 32-38 won-loss record and 4.66 ERA, absolutely dominated a Reds lineup that has not been able to be ahead in a game since their last victory a week ago today. In six innings, Heaney allowed one hit, a Farmer double, while striking out 11.
Over the past 54 innings, the Reds have not had the lead once.
- 29th in team batting: .180
- 30th in on-base percentage: .254
- 29th in slugging: .285
- 30th in OPS: .539
The super-optimists will say, hey, it’s just a bad week and a team slump. We all hope that is true. When your team has lost two All-Star bats and not replaced either, it’s hard to see where that lost production is going to come from.
Cincinnati did score a run in the eighth on an RBI hit by Tyler Naquin.
Tyler Mahle eventually succumbed to the downfall of all Reds pitchers: allowing the opposition to score. After three brilliant innings to start the game, Mahle allowed seven runs in the fourth while recording only two outs. The frustration of knowing that your offense is incapable of scoring has to be as disheartening to the pitchers as it is to the fans.
Luis Cessa, Alexis Diaz, Jeff Hoffman and Ryan Hendrix had scoreless relief outings.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
Tuesday, April 12, 3:10 p.m. ET
Nick Lodolo (0-1, 11.25 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (1-1, 1.38 ERA)