Tonight’s game marked the return of Bud Norris to the Dodgers after a stint on the disabled list. Yay?
It was also the first game following my article calling for the removal of Josh Reddick from the clean up spot.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts clearly didn’t listen to my advice. Once again he penciled Reddick into the four spot. Will my article do for Reddick’s season what I did for Turner’s? Will Reddick finally rise to the occasion and prove the naysayers wrong?
After allowing two base runners, Norris left a fastball over the plate for Joey Votto. Big mistake. Votto launched a three-run bomb to center field. 3-0
The Reds weren’t done with Norris. He quickly gave up two more singles; all of this without recording a single out.
He then got a fly out and a double play to end the inning.
2nd inning 0-3
It was a tale of two Norris’. This time we got a 1,2,3 inning with two strike outs.
3rd inning 0-3
Dodgers left the bases loaded.
Another 1,2,3 inning for Norris. Eight Reds down in a row.
4th inning 0-3
Joc Pederson HBP for the second time. Neither pitch seemed malicious.
the Dodgers remained scoreless through four.
With two on, Norris gave up a gapper to the wall – to a pitcher – for his first career hit. Two more Reds scored. 0-5
Votto came up again with bases loaded and two out. Norris walked him, and walked in a run. He was done. 0-6
Jesse Chavez in.
Job done. Nightmare over. Kind of.
7th inning 0-6
Now the Dodgers are sporting new looks. Different pitchers, different players. The skipper trying anything to change this bad mojo.
Rob Segedin in place of Howie Kendrick earned a walk, with the top of the order following.
Utley dropped in a base hit.
Corey Seager smacked the third consecutive single of the inning to break the Dodgers scoring drought. 1-6
Home run machine Pedro Baez in. Three more Reds runs score on – all together now – A HOME RUN! 1-9
Corey Seager on base again with a walk.
He went from first to third on Reddick’s single, and later scored on an A.J. Ellis knock. 2-9
That was all.
Roller coaster Norris: The first five Reds batters that Norris faced, reached base. Three of them scored. He then retired 10 of the next 11. Then he couldn’t get out of the fourth inning. He gave up three runs, walking in one with the bases-loaded to end his night.Here’s one for shite and giggles: Reds pitchers put up 5 RBIs tonight. FIVE!!
The Traded Flop watch:
1st inning: Men on base. Out. Some will say, “He should have been on with catcher’s interference.” I say, he shoulda been on with a gapper to the wall to clear the bases.
3rd inning: 2 on and 2 out. Walk.
5th inning: 2 on and 1 out. Useless fly out.
7th inning: 2 on and 1 out. Useless fly out. Not a sac fly, a useless one.
9th inning: 1 on and 1 out. Base hit. Yeah, now. In the 9th inning of a 9-1 game; when almost everyone on the field has stopped caring.
Butter and eggs: Adrian Gonzalez has a 12-game hitting streak.
ROY watch: Corey Seager had two hits and two walks. He had an RBI and scored once.
Bud Norris (L 6-10) went 3 2/3 innings with 7 hits, 6 runs, 1 HR, 4 walks, 3 Ks. ERA 4.63
Team with RISP: 1 for 15. “Daddy, why did the Dodgers lose?”