The Dodgers handed the Reds their tenth consecutive loss on Wednesday night defeating them by a 3-1 score and completing a three game sweep. The Reds have now lost nine straight to the Dodgers and the Dodgers have won four in a row themselves. Scott Kazmir pitched the game of his life by allowing just one earned run on four hits and striking out 12 over 6 innings. Opposing starter Dan Straily pitched well too, allowing just three hits over seven frames and whiffing 11, but it was not good enough to get the win.
The loss charged to Straily balances his books at 2-2 on the season. The Dodgers collected just three hits on the night. The difference in the game was a two-run single by Joc Pederson in the bottom of the fourth that erased a 1-0 deficit. Yasmani Grandal added a solo home run in the fifth and that was all for the Dodger’s offense. They didn’t need much. The bullpen (Louis Coleman, Pedro Baez, and Kenley Jansen) tossed three scoreless frames and the Dodgers won again. The Giants beat the Padres earlier, so the Dodgers could only keep pace in the NL West standings.
Reds 1 4 1
Dodgers 3 3 0
The Reds scored first in the top of the fourth. Brandon Phillips flared a single to right. Jay Bruce’s triple off the wall in center field scored Phillips to put the Reds up 1-0. Joc Pederson tried to make a leaping catch against the wall but came up short. Bruce actually tried to come around to score for an inside the park home run but was thrown out at the plate. Chase Utley’s relay throw to Yasmani Grandal was a good one.
The Dodgers came back with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth frame to take a 2-1 lead. Utley singled and after Seager made out, Justin Turner was plunked by a pitch. Adrian Gonzalez’s walk loaded the bases and Joc Pederson’s single to right plated two. Dodgers took the lead 2-1!
The Dodgers got one more run when Grandal homered into the Red’s bullpen in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the boys in blue ahead by a 3-1 score. That was all the offense needed. Kazmir got into a bit of trouble in the top of the sixth when he walked Zack Cozart, and Phillips. However he recovered to whiff Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto and then induced a ground ball out on Bruce to end the inning. The Dodgers bullpen took things the rest of the way from there.
Kenley Jansen recorded his fourteenth save of the season and is now just five saves shy of breaking Eric Gagne’s all time Dodger save record. There were 27 strikeouts in the game. 14 of them were by Red’s batters. The Dodgers will now fly to New York to play a weekend series with the Mets. The Reds will go back to loserville and try to pick up the pieces of their horrendous play.
In the meantime the broom depot is still holding their special promo on all of your Dodger sweep needs. They’ll remain open until midnight. Make sure to use the code “DodgersSweepSadSackReds” to receive your discount. Isn’t winning nice? Let’s enjoy it while it lasts. Friday night’s series opener against the Mets will see Alex Wood face Jacob deGrom.
Enjoy the sweep! Go Blue!