On Mother’s Day, we now know how our mothers feel about us. You see the Dodgers are like our children. Sometimes they misbehave and don’t do what they are supposed to do, which can make us disappointed. Other times they exceed expectations and make us proud. On Sunday afternoon the Dodgers certainly disappointed us with another pathetic loss to the Reds.
The Dodgers (a wretched baseball team) dropped the series finale on Mother’s Day by a 5-3 score. The four game sweep by the Reds is the first versus the Dodgers since 1976. The Dodgers are now an atrocious 16-24 as they continue their quest to become the worst team in baseball.
Once again Rich Hill was not effective, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. He walked four and struck out four and had to be removed from the game after his bunk finger injury resurfaced. Hill is now 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA. Hill allowed two runs in the third and one in the top of the fourth to take the loss. Eugenio Suarez’s two-run bomb in the top of the third put the Reds up 2-0. If not for the error by Cody Bellinger it would have been a solo shot. The Reds added another run in the fourth when Alex Blandino squeezed in a run to put the Reds ahead 3-1.
Reds 5 9 2
Dodgers 3 5 2
The extent of the Dodgers offense was two solo home runs from Yasiel Puig (his first of the year) and Yasmani Grandal in the fourth and seventh innings respectively. The Dodgers scored three runs on five hits. Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo a young flame thrower easily shut down the punch-less Dodger bats. Castilo pitched six innings allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out eight to pick up his third win of the season.
Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte who was recently called up from Oklahoma City allowed two more runs in the top of the sixth on a two-run home run from Joey Votto. That really put the game away. The only bright spot was Kenley Jansen pitching a scoreless top of the ninth. Oh and Matt Kemp did this…..
He’s been the Dodger’s MVP on the position player side this season. What else is there to say at this point? The Dodgers will take a day off on Monday while they travel to Miami to begin a three-game set in south beach. Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe are due to return during that series but the Dodgers will still get swept anyways. Tuesday’s opener is scheduled for 4:10 PM PST.