The Los Angeles Dodgers completed the season sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon. Clayton Kershaw gave up just one run before Cincinnati got to the Dodgers bullpen for a few runs in the 7th inning, but it was too little, too late. The loss was the Reds 7th in a row overall and 8th in a row at home.
|Los Angeles Dodgers (43-25)
|Cincinnati Reds (23-46)
|W: Kershaw (5-1) L: Greene (3-8)|
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It was 5-0 Dodgers before the Reds offense was able to get on the board in the bottom of the 4th inning. Tommy Pham led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a walk from Kyle Farmer, and then he scored when Donovan Solano singled.
With the Dodgers up 8-1 in the 7th, Los Angeles turned the game over to Phil Bickford. Not having to face Clayton Kershaw worked out well for the Reds. Nick Senzel led off with a single and Chris Okey followed up with one of his own. Brandon Drury picked up an RBI single to make it 8-2. That brought Tommy Pham to the plate and he unloaded with a 426-foot 3-run homer to make it 8-5. It was the last that they would score as they fell 10-5.
It wasn’t quite Hunter Greene’s day on Thursday afternoon. The Dodgers had nine hits – three of which were home runs – and scored six runs against him in 5.0 innings. It was a record setting kind of day, but not in the way Greene or the Reds had hoped.
With 2 more today, Hunter Greene has now allowed 12 HR this season on pitches 97+ mph, which is already a single-season record in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008).
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) June 23, 2022
Another home run would come after the tweet. It’s not the All-Star break, yet, either.
The Dodgers didn’t stop once Greene exited the game. Jeff Hoffman took over for the 6th inning and he would allow a run to make it 7-1. He returned for the 7th and gave up another run as the Dodgers made it 8-1 before Luis Cessa came on to record the final out of the inning. Ross Detwiler entered the game for the 8th inning and only recorded one out while walking a batter and giving up two hits (and a run) before exiting the game in favor of Hunter Strickland. He was able to get out of the inning without any more damage, but it was 9-5 at that point. Art Warren was welcomed to the mound by Trayce Thompson with a leadoff 401-foot home run into the bleachers in left field that made it a 10-5 lead for the Dodgers.
Notes Worth Noting
#Dodgers had 28 hits against the Phillies during a three-game set last month. That was a season-high for a three-game series.
They have 41 hits and counting against the Reds.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) June 23, 2022
Donovan Solano had three hits in the game. Brandon Drury, Tommy Pham, and Nick Senzel all had two hits in the game.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants
Friday June 24, 10:15pm ET
Graham Ashcraft (3-1, 3.51 ERA) vs Alex Cobb (3-2, 5.62 ERA)