The Dodgers hung on to beat the Reds on Father’s Day by an 8-7 score. But they almost blew it. The Dodgers had an 8-1 lead in the sixth inning when the Reds scored six runs off the Dodger’s bullpen by scoring once in the sixth, there times in the seventh and twice in the eighth frame to make it close. The Dodgers scored eight runs on ten hits and were 4 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The boys in blue hit two home runs. Logan Forsythe smashed a massive second deck home run and Justin Turner smacked a three-run shot as well. The Dodgers swept the season series from the Reds for the first time since 2006.
The Dodgers got two incredible defensive plays to help preserve the lead. Yasiel Puig made a great diving catch on Eugenio Suarez’s sinking liner in the fourth inning. Kike Hernandez made what was perhaps a game saving catch by leaping against the wall to nab Joey Votto’s deep drive to left in the bottom of the eighth. That catch robbed Votto of an extra-base hit and kept the Dodgers ahead by a run.
Kenta Maeda did as well as can be expected for him at this point. The Japanese right hander tossed five innings allowing just one earned run on three hits and struck out five. That included stranding the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Of course when a pitcher comes into the game averaging over seven runs per start, the Dodger offense is going to eat him alive. Bronson Arroyo gave up five earned runs on seven hits and couldn’t make it out of the third inning.
The Dodger bullpen struggled as Grant Dayton, Josh Fields, and Pedro Baez all gave up runs in relief. The Reds closed the gap in the later frames when Adam Duvall homered in the sixth inning and then Scooter Gennett slugged a three-run home run off of Josh Fields in the seventh inning.
Baez allowed a solo home run to Suarez in the eighth inning that pulled the Reds to within two runs. An RBI double from Billy Hamilton closed the gap to one run with an 8-7 score. The Reds Could have taken the lead when Votto’s deep drive to left with two runners on seemed like it was going to leave the yard or go off the wall, but Kike’s amazing catch saved the Dodger’s bacon.
Turner, Forsythe and Kike all had three hits each and Turner drove in three of the eight runs. Maeda drove in two himself with a two-run double and the Dodgers also drew five walks. The Dodgers left 14 runners on base. Billy Hamilton had three hits for the Reds. Kenley Jansen pitched another perfect ninth inning to record his fifteenth save of the season. He picked up two more whiffs and now has 50 strikeouts without issuing a walk.
The Dodgers are now 44-26 and remain one game behind Colorado who beat the Giants again. The Dodgers will return home tomorrow to begin a nine-game home stand. They’ll open against the Mets. Clayton Kershaw will draw Zack Wheeler in the series opener scheduled to start at 7:10 PM PST.