The Cincinnati Reds are one of the worst teams in baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the best, and that is exactly how it looked at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night. The Dodgers roughed up the Reds pitchers for 17 hits in an 8-2 win that saw just two hits – both from Joey Votto – after the 2nd inning by Cincinnati.
|Los Angeles Dodgers (41-25)
|Cincinnati Reds (23-44)
|W: Gonsolin (9-0) L: Mahle (2-6)|
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Tony Gonsolin has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball this year. Jonathan India didn’t care, leading off the bottom of the 1st inning with a game-tying home run. That might have rattled Gonsolin for a second because Brandon Drury followed up with a single and Tommy Pham was hit by a pitch. Gonsolin, though, got Joey Votto to fly out and then induced a double play off of the bat of Kyle Farmer to escape the inning with just the one run.
In the next inning it was another solo home run for Cincinnati, this time coming off of the bat of Albert Almora Jr. It gave the Reds a 2-1 lead for the time being. That was the last hit that the Reds would get until Joey Votto doubled with two outs in the 6th inning with Cincinnati trailing 4-2. He was stranded on the bases. Votto would also get the next, and final hit for the Reds with one out in the 9th inning when he singled. It wasn’t nearly enough as the Dodgers pounded out 18 hits to the Reds 5, winning 8-2.
Tyler Mahle gave up a 2-out solo homer to Will Smith as the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. After Cincinnati grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Los Angeles got back to work with four straight hits to begin the inning and were back on top 3-2. They would add another run in the 4th when Justin Turner led off with a double off of the walk and scored on a sacrifice fly. Mahle didn’t give up any runs in the next two frames, but exited after the 6th inning down 4-2. He worked around a lot of baserunners, giving up 12 hits and a walk over the course of his outing.
Reiver Sanmartin took over in the 7th and tossed a perfect inning. He returned for the 8th and gave up two singles with a strikeout in-between them before being replaced by Luis Cessa. He gave up a single to Trea Turner on a swinging bunt that went about 30 feet that loaded the bases. Freddie Freeman then unloaded them with a triple off of the wall in center to make it 7-2. Will Smith followed with a sacrifice fly and it was 8-2 in the blink of an eye. Dauri Moreta tossed a shutout top of the 9th, but the Reds offense needed a touchdown in the bottom of the inning and Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase didn’t walk through that door.
Key Moment of the Game
Freddie Freeman’s 3-run triple in the 8th inning. While the Dodgers already had the lead, if there was any doubt that the game was over before that point it was definitely over after he made it a 7-2 game.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday June 22nd, 6:40pm ET
Tyler Anderson (8-0, 2.82 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.33 ERA)