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Clayton Kershaw shuts out Cincinnati, Dodgers top Reds 1-0

Brandon Finnegan was solid, but Clayton Kershaw he was not.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Vin Scully Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Finnegan allowed just a single earned run in his eight - yes, eight - innings of work as the Cincinnati Reds starter on Monday, as impressive an outing as the team has seen through the first fourth of the 2016 season.  Finnegan's defense let him down three times via errors, too, and the lone run came in part thanks to an errant throw that didn't really need to happen.  He induced four double play balls and allowed just five hits, though he did walk more Los Angeles Dodgers (4) than he had strikeouts (2).

Still, an all-around awesome outing from the young lefty, one that went toe to toe with Dodgers starter and all-world superstart Clayton Kershaw.  Congrats on the solid start, Brandon, and here's to hoping it's a corner-turn for the beleaguered pitching staff.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Zack Cozart, who doubled and made a stellar defensive play ranging to his right at SS; and Joey Votto, who walked.  Hot dang, Clayton Kershaw's just tough.

Key Plays

  • Both lefties effectively breezed through their opposing lineups, but the third Reds' error of the game finally bit Finnegan in the Bottom of the 6th. (Dear god, I've been waiting for weeks to begin 'Key Plays' with something that happened in the Bottom of the 6th.  Thanks for the respite, Brandon.)  Justin Turner walked to leadoff the inning, and he motored to 2B when Tucker Barnhart tried to throw behind him at 1B and shorthopped the bag, sending the ball up the RF line.  Turner then took 3B on a check-swing single to LF off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez, and later scored when the Reds turned a double play off a Howie Kendrick grounder to SS.  Reds trailed, 1-0.
  • That, folks, was it, as the offenses stayed stagnant from that point forward.  Reds lost, 1-0.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The Dodgers, mind you, were coming off a 17 inning victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday, so Kershaw's 102 pitch complete game was welcome news to an exhausted LA bullpen.
  • Prior to tonight's game, the Reds announced that they'd traded Dayton Dragons pitcher Franderlin Romero to the Baltimore Orioles for a pair of international bonus pool slots.  It's complicated, and Zach Buchanan of The Enquirer has more details, but the gist of the deal is this:  Romero was quickly nearing MiLB free agency after having signed as a 17 year old out of Venezuela, and the Reds swapped him for the ability to spend more money in this international signing period.
  • Daniel Wright will get the starting nod for the Reds tomorrow night against the Dodgers, and the former 10th round draft pick out of Arkansas State will be making his big league debut.  He'll be countered by Mike Bolsinger, himself making another start due to attrition in his team's rotation.  First pitch is set for 10:10 PM ET.
  • In/re Wright starting:  he's not yet on the 40-man or 25-man rosters, so there will be some roster shuffling again tomorrow prior to the game.  But, you're Reds fans, so you're totally used to that by now.
  • Tunes.