I heard a joke the other day. Most of the Dodger hitters were having trouble getting into their homes. Apparently someone put home plates in front of their doors. Hiyo! Hey I’ll be here all week. Seriously though there is some good news and there is some bad news in Dodger land. The good news is that the Dodgers have been getting a lot of guys on base. The bad news is they can’t knock any of them in.
The Dodger’s season circled the toilet bowl on Thursday evening with a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. That’s right the Dodgers lost to the Reds! The Reds! In case you don’t know, the Reds are the worst team in the National League. Yet they still spanked the Dodgers in front of their home crowd. The Dodgers scored one run on four hits against Tyler Mahle. I can’t even put into words how pitiful that is.
Reds 4 9 1
Dodgers 1 4 1
But there it is. Mahle tossed five innings allowing just one unearned run on three hits and struck out two. He walked four and picked up his third win of the season. The Dodgers were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. It’s not getting any better folks.
I feel sorry for Walker Buehler. The kid pitched outstanding and if not for the Dodger’s punch-less offense he would have gotten the win. Buehler struck out eight over six solid innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits. He walked none and looked every bit as good as advertised.
The Dodgers did have the lead for a while. They scored once in the bottom of the first, with some help from questionable defense from Joey Votto. In that inning Joc Pederson walked and Yasmani Grandal’s grounder was flubbed by Votto who bobbled and then double pumped and then dropped the ball all in one play. After Cody Bellinger struck out and Matt Kemp walked, Chase Utley’s single scored Joc to put the Dodgers up 1-0. Note: They would get three hits the rest of the game.
One of those was in the bottom of the second when Max Muncy’s lead-off single preceded a sacrifice, and a Grandal walk. With runners at second and third Bellinger failed to knock them in and the Dodgers got nada. Chase Utley singled and Kemp walked in the third, but the Dodgers again couldn’t score. Are we sensing a pattern here? Enrique Hernandez singled in the bottom of the seventh, but Grandal grounded into a double play. That was all from the Dodger bats. Over and out people.
The top of the sixth was Buehler and the Dodger’s undoing. The Reds would score twice to take a 2-1 lead. Here’s how it happened. Jesse Winker (???) singled and after Adam Duvall struck out, Votto’s single into right advanced Winker to second. Finally Scooter Gennett’s double scored both runners which put the game on ice. The Reds added an insurance run in the top of the seventh against Pedro Baez thanks to Billy Hamilton’s RBI triple. All four of the Cincinnati Runs were with two outs.
Oh Dodgers, how you fail. The series continues on Friday night as Matt Harvey will make his debut with the Reds. That means he’ll pitch a shutout of course. The Dodgers will send Kenta Maeda to the mound to counter.