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Reds play Dodgers in Los Angeles, Reds lose to Dodgers in Los Angeles

Devin Mesoraco’s 3-run blast wasn’t enough, unfortunately.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Devin Mesoraco hadn’t hit a big league homer since the Hoover administration prior to this season, but since he’s come off the DL he’s looked at decent bit like the guy he was who got the big extension from the Cincinnati Reds prior to his injury riddled few years.

Mes bonked a big 3-run homer that turned the tides in Saturday’s eventual loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the biggest scream and shout incidence the Reds finagled on Saturday well past your bedtime.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Eugenio Suarez, who had 2 hits and scored a run; Joey Votto, who singled twice; Scooter Gennett, who doubled and scored; and Michael Lorenzen, who lowered his season ERA to 2.62 with back to back scoreless innings of relief.

Key Plays

  • The Dodgers wasted little time in getting to Asher Wojciechowski in this one, with Chase Utley singling to leadoff the Bottom of the 1st and scoring a batter later on Corey Seager’s RBI double. A tag-up and move to 3B followed for Seager, who then scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s sac-fly. After Cody Bellinger homered next, the Reds found themselves again down early, 3-0.
  • The Reds got a run back in the Top of the 3rd, however, as a leadoff double by Scooter Gennett eventually resulted in him scoring on a 2-out single into CF by Jose Peraza. Reds trailed, 3-1.
  • Doubles by Yasiel Puig and Utley in the Bottom of the 5th off Wojciechowski netted the Dodgers another run, with the latter scoring the former to put the Reds in a 4-1 hole.
  • Alex Wood had largely breezed through the game prior to the Top of the 6th, but he began the inning by plunking Zack Cozart and then allowed a 1-out single to Eugenio Suarez. That chased Wood in favor of reliever Josh Fields, who promptly served up a 3-run, game-tying dinger to Mesoraco that leveled the score, 4-4.
  • Drew Storen took over in the Bottom of the 9th after Lorenzen’s terrific pair of innings, and things went not so well. Storen allowed singles to both Yasiel Puig and pinch-hitter Justin Turner before being replaced by Tony Cingrani, and after Cingrani K’d pinch hitter Franklin Gutierrez to bring the Dodgers to their final out of the inning, Seager cranked a ball into the LF corner that fell in just short of the glove of a diving Gennett, and the Reds lost, 5-4.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Asher Wojciechowski was serviceable in tonight’s start, I suppose, but wasn’t exactly convincing. His final line: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, on 81 pitches.
  • Saturday’s loss marked the 8th consecutive loss for the Reds in Dodger Stadium.
  • It’s a matinee on Sunday, at least for those on the left coast. First pitch is set for 4:10 PM ET for the series finale, with Tim Adleman set to square off on the mound opposite Hyun-Jin Ryu.
  • Saturday Night Tunes.