After the Dodgers lost yesterday to the Reds, manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers losing record at home was unacceptable. He showed angst that a lot of fans feel towards the front office. Former Met ace Matt Harvey recently traded to the Reds was on the mound for the Reds against Kenta Maeda. The Dodgers bats have been silenced thus far this season as the league has started pitching them differently since the 2nd half of last season. Dave Roberts shook up the line-up today and had Chase Utley in the lead off spot.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts: "I don’t know. I just know it’s not happening. They’re all trying to win. It’s just not happening. … We know we’re better than this. We’ve got to keep believing it. It hasn’t shown itself recently. But to just keep grinding, that all we can do"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 12, 2018
The league has also caught on to attacking Maeda on the first two pitches. Jesse Winker doubled to start the game and went to third on a wild pitch. Joey Votto singled him in and the Reds took a 1-0 lead. The Reds had the bases loaded until Maeda got out of the inning. In the top of the third, former Dodger Jose Peraza hit a double. Scooter Gennett singled him in and Reds took a 2-0 lead. Tucker Barnhart singled in a run to take a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Joey Votto walked and then Scooter Gennett hit a home run and the Reds took a 5-0 lead. Meanwhile Matt Harvey tossed four innings of one hit ball. In the bottom of the fifth, Chris Taylor hit a triple. Max Muncy doubled him in and the Dodgers got on the board. In the bottom of the 7th, Max Muncy hit a solo shot and the Dodgers trailed 5-2.
Kemp was pissed and Roberts had his back. I woulda been totally cool with Roberts being ejected too. Somethings gotta fire this team up. pic.twitter.com/KaJZJVjIRG
— Randi Radcliffe (@dodgers_randi) May 12, 2018
The Reds would add a run the ninth inning to make the score 6-2. Maeda usually gives up early runs and gets attacked on the first two pitches. He isn’t starter material. He hasn’t been able to make the adjustments. The Dodgers offensive attack isn’t the same as last year as the league has changed how they attack the Dodger hitters. The front office who always talks of analytics hasn’t made the adjustments and didn’t add anything to the team in the off-season. The Dodgers have injuries but the will miss Corey Seagers bat for the rest of the season. The Dodgers opted not to get a bat in the off-season when they should have.