You know I joke around a lot about the Dodgers sucking for comedic effect. Sometimes it holds true. You see when a supposed World Series caliber team making a playoff push in September gives up ten runs to the Cincinnati Reds, one of the worst teams in baseball then you have to wonder here. I didn’t see the game today as I was at work, but I’m glad I missed it honestly. Dodger starter Alex Wood got bombed for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over 3.2 innings. He gave up four runs in the bottom of the first ad things went sour from there. The bullpen wasn’t much help either.
The Dodger bats tried to get the team back in the game. Chris Taylor and Yasmani Grandal both homered. Matt Kemp drove in a pair of runs but it wasn’t enough. Why Wood was allowed to stay in until the fourth inning when it was clear that he didn’t have anything today is beyond my comprehension. Scooter Gennett took the Dodgers to school with a 4 for 5 performance. Gennett drove in three and scored twice. The Reds had 14 hits today off Dodger pitching. Great American ballpark is like the Coors Field of sea level. Remember when the Reds swept the Dodgers in a four game series earlier in the season? Yeah that was the lowest point of the year for the Dodgers. The boys in blue are now 0-5 against Cincy this year. Of course the Dodgers had ample opportunities to take control of this game believe it or not. Even though they were 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position, they still left nine runners on base and left the bases loaded in the top of the first inning without scoring.
Dodgers 6 9 1
Reds 10 14 1
It’s not going to happen this year folks, I’m sorry to say. With only 18 games remaining it is unlikely the Dodgers are just going to catch fire here. There was a point in this afternoon’s match that personifies this frustrating season perfectly. The Dodgers were down 10-6 in the top of the seventh inning. They had the bases loaded and Yasiel Puig at the plate against Cincy hurler Jared Hughes. Puig scorched a screaming liner to third, and wouldn’t you know it? Well you can guess what happened, but just watch the video below. That is the Dodger’s 2018 season in a nutshell there folks.
The Dodgers fall to 78-66 and are now one game behind Colorado in the NL West. The Rockies are currently beating the Dbacks, and the Cardinals are losing to the Pirates as well. The Dodgers could find themselves 1.5 games back in the NL West again. Hopefully they stay one game back in the Wild Card race provided the Cards lose. (please lose Cardinals)The Dodgers will try and right the ship Tuesday in the second game of the three game series. The Dodgers will give the ball to Hyun-jin Ryu, while the Reds will counter with Luis Castillo. First pitch is slated for 3:40 PM PST.