Cincinnati had to come from behind once again in this series, but for the second straight night that’s what happened. Neither team would score from the 4th through the 8th innings as they were locked up in a 6-6 tie, but it took just two batters in the bottom of the 9th for the Reds to complete their comeback against the Dodgers that was capped off by Will Benson’s 1st big league homer to walk off with an 8-6 win.
|Los Angeles Dodgers (35-27)
|Cincinnati Reds (29-33)
|W: Diaz (2-1) L: Phillips (1-2)|
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Mookie Betts led off the game with a home run to put the Dodgers in the lead about as quick as possible. After a Freddie Freeman fly out, Will Smith doubled and then came around to score on a 2-out single by Max Muncy that put Los Angeles up 2-0.
Matt McLain would pick up a 1-out single in the bottom of the 1st inning and then he’d steal second base. That set up Elly De La Cruz to hit a home run that landed in the top row of the stadium in right-center to tie the game up. They estimated it at 458 feet, but that feels light.
Elly De La Cruz casually goes 458 feet for his first MLB career home run… pic.twitter.com/diImkK58YP
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 7, 2023
The game didn’t stay tied up for all that long as Miguel Vargas led off the 2nd inning with a home run to put the Dodgers back in front. In the 3rd inning it was Will Smith hitting another home run off of Brandon Williamson, but this one came with a runner on and put Los Angeles up 5-2. They weren’t done, though, as J.D. Martinez would double and come around to score later in the inning on a double off of the wall in left by Miguel Vargas that extended the lead for the visitors to 6-2.
It turns out that this Reds team don’t quit. Matt McLain tripled to lead off the bottom of the third and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan India. Elly De La Cruz followed up with the fastest triple in Major League Baseball this season and he scored on a blooper into center by Spencer Steer. Tyler Stephenson then tied the game up on a 2-run homer into the seats in right field.
From there both teams got their pitching in order. Los Angeles did so by going to the bullpen and cutting off Syndergaard’s start at three innings. Cincinnati got 2.2 shutout innings after the Reds tied things up from Williamson before Buck Farmer got the final out of the 6th and tossed a perfect 7th. Lucas Sims then came out and threw a perfect 8th inning to keep the game knotted up at 6-6.
Alexis Diaz took over for Cincinnati in the top of the 9th and he did what he’s been doing all year – he picked up two strike outs and a fly out for yet another scoreless inning. That set up the Reds for a potential walk-off win in the bottom of the 9th.
TJ Hopkins started the inning off right, picking up an infield single to turn the lineup over. That’s exactly what was needed because Will Benson followed up with a walk-off home run that landed halfway up the seats in right field. It was Benson’s first big league home run and it couldn’t possibly have felt better.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 8, 2023
Key Moment of the Game
Will Benson’s walk-off home run.
Notes Worth Noting
The Reds won their third straight game, and their second straight game in walk-off fashion over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Will Benson went 1-20 with 12 strikeouts and one walk in the first two weeks of the season before being sent to Triple-A. Since being recalled on May 26th he’s gone 9-26 (.346) with three walks and five strikeouts.
Buck Farmer allowed three runs on April 4th. Since then he’s allowed four runs in 26.2 innings. His ERA is down to 2.37 on the season.
Alexis Diaz allowed three runs on April 8th. Since then he’s allowed one earned run in 21.1 innings, allowed just seven hits, and he’s struck out 40 batters. His ERA is now down to 1.48 on the year.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds
Thursday June 8th, 12:35pm ET
Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.25 ERA) vs Graham Ashcraft (3-4, 6.64 ERA)