Four runs in the final three innings paced the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Cincinnati Reds, 8-4, before 17,334 at Great American Ball Park.
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|Cincinnati Reds (23-45)
|W: Vesia (1-0) L: Detwiler (0-2)
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Cincinnati continued to look like a minor league farm team against National League West division competition, losing its sixth straight game overall and dropping to a season-high 22 games below .500.
Once again, the bullpen couldn’t get the job done, allowing Los Angeles to break a 4-4 tie and score four runs over the final three innings for the win. It won’t surprise anyone that Cincinnati is last in the majors in bullpen ERA, 5.15.
In the second inning with one out, Kyle Farmer continued to feast on lefthanded pitching with a double against Tyler Anderson. Donovan Solano then stepped to the plate for the first time as a Cincinnati Red:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 22, 2022
Matt Reynolds followed with a walk, and Albert Almora Jr. grounded into a force out to leave runners on first and third with two out. Aramis Garcia hit a grounder which shortstop Trea Turner threw away at first, allowing Solano to score. Reynolds then scored on a wild pitch with Jonathan India at the plate to give the home team what turned out to be a relatively brief 3-0 lead.
After Los Angeles took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth, Almora tied it in the bottom of the frame:
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— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 23, 2022
Farmer was the only Reds hitter with more than one hit — two doubles and a single to lift his batting average to .286. It was his sixth three-hit game of the year.
Reds starter Luis Castillo had the wheels fall off in the top of the fifth. Holding a 3-1 lead, Castillo allowed three hits, a walk, and hit Chris Taylor with a pitch — all of which resulted in three runs and a 4-3 Dodger lead.
Lefty Ross Detwiler pitched an eye-popping sixth inning, and came back to face lefthanded batting Freddie Freeman to lead off the seventh with the game tied at 4-4. Despite the apparent matchup advantage, Detwiler got smoked by Freeman for a long homer to right.
Joel Kuhnel then mirrored Detwiler’s performance, shutting down the Dodgers convincingly after Detwiler in the seventh, but blowing a tire in the eighth. He walked the first two hitters back to back, then surrendered a two-run scoring double to Trayce Thompson, who raised his average to .118 with the blow. Thompson eventually scored on a sacrifice fly, finishing Kuhnel’s pitching line with three runs allowed.
Art Warren finished the eighth, allowing no runs. Same in the ninth inning for Dauri Moreta in his return from Louisville.
The fans in attendance got a chance to cheer Moreta’s strikeout of Chris Taylor in the ninth. The eleventh K by Reds pitchers meant free pizza courtesy of LaRosa’s.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, June 23, 12:35 p.m. ET
Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.08 ERA) vs. Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26 ERA)