took the mound today for the Dodgers, hoping to help the boys in blue avoid a sweep at the hands of the hapless Reds, and further frustration at the tail end of this often frustrating season. If the Dodgers hoped an early start time on a getaway day would be the charm to bring them victory, those hopes were quickly dented when old friend, Jose Peraza
, took Stripling deep for a solo home run in the first inning. Further damage was inflicted when the Dodgers went nine up-nine down the first time through their lineup.
It took four innings to happen, but Joc Pederson
got the Dodgers on the board with a solo, game-tying homerun – for the second game in a row. Which probably means he’ll be sitting out the next game.
A bit of controversy came up in the same inning when Yasmani Grandal
hit a ball deep to right center field, but a young fan reached over the wall and caught it about 3 feet below the top of the wall. The umpires ruled the hit a double and awarded a run to Max Muncy
, who was on first after singling earlier. Dodgers up 2-1.
pulled Ross Stripling after 3 1/3 innings, but he only gave up one run and left winning.
The Dodgers stayed hot in the fifth, when Yasiel Puig
singled, Pederson doubled, and Justin Turner
scored them both with a two-RBI single. Later, Grandal and Cody Bellinger
knocked in a couple more to put the Dodgers up 6-1.
The boys went up 7-1 behind doubles from Puig and Justin Turner. They tacked on another in the eighth.
The bullpen (pretty much everyone except Kenta Maeda
) stepped up and did their jobs as well, holding the Reds scoreless from the fourth inning on, allowing the Dodgers to glide into an 8-1 win.
With 16 games remaining, the Dodgers head for home just one game out of first place. Stay tuned!