The Dodgers punted away another game in a playoff race as they were blown out by the Reds 11-1 in a rain soaked disaster on Saturday night. They’ve now lost three in a row and are lucky to still be only a half game back of the Giants who lost to the Mets in San Francisco earlier today.
I don’t know what the Dodgers were thinking when they rolled out that terrible lineup that included several automatic outs. The al-righty lineup unsurprisingly recorded just one hit until the top of the ninth inning. The terrible lineup is frustrating enough. Watching Brett Anderson pitch is even more frustrating. Once again he was horrendous allowing 6 earned runs on 9 hits over 3 innings and then having to leave the game in the fourth inning because of a blister on his hand. The Dodgers were down 5-0 by the second inning and 7-0 by the fourth frame.
The Reds battered Anderson like the rain battered the patrons at Great American Ball Park. The Reds scored 4 runs in the first inning as Anderson looked as ineffective as he was last week against the Pirates. Speedster Billy Hamilton opened the game with a single on a ground ball to center and then stole second base.
Dodgers 1 3 0
Reds 11 18 0
Former Dodger Jose Peraza who had 3 hits on the night singled to left. Joey Votto’s little dribbler towards first base somehow eluded Anderson and Adrian Gonzalez. Then slugger Adam Duvall crushed an Anderson meatball into the left field seats and the Reds were up 4-0 before the chairs were warm.
In the second inning opposing pitcher Brandon Finnegan doubled and then scored on Peraza’s second hit of the night to give the Reds a 5-0 lead. That was all she wrote. The Reds scored two more runs in the fourth inning off of Grant Dayton after Anderson was removed from the game because of a blister on his index finger. Dayton walked Finnegan and then Peraza homered to put the Reds up 7-0.
The Dodger lineup had just one measly hit until the top of the ninth inning. Meanwhile the Reds continued to pour it on adding 3 more runs off of J.P. Howell in the eighth inning. Another former Dodger Scott Schebler homered in that inning adding insult to injury. The final score was 11-1 and the Reds notched 18 base hits on the night.
This was an incredibly pathetic performance from the Dodgers. The pitching staff is torched right now and guys like Brett Anderson are obviously not the answer. The Dodgers will shuffle their rotation giving Julio Urias the start tomorrow and Scott Kazmir the start on Monday afternoon.
Kenta Maeda will start the opening game against the Giants on Tuesday night with Rich Hill finally slated to make his debut on Wednesday. One thing is clear though. Brett Anderson can never be allowed to start another major league game again. Cut bait Dodgers. Please cut bait. This is a playoff race for God’s sakes!