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Dodgers bring their Wood, Reds forget theirs in 3-1 loss to LA

The Reds had no answer for Alex Wood tonight as they dropped their 7th straight game.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Going into 2017, none of us thought that we’d be talking about Tim Adleman being the only consistent piece of the Cincinnati Reds’ starting rotation. But with injuries and less-than-stellar performances from our younger starting pitchers, that’s where we’re at this season. While his final line of 2 earned runs on 5 hits over 6 innings while walking and striking out 4 isn’t incredible, it was enough to keep the Reds in the game tonight. Unfortunately he wasn’t helped much on the offensive side of things and the Reds weren’t able to come out on top. So have a trophy, Tim, and hopefully you’ll have some more support next time.

Honorable mentions are due to: Devin Mesoraco, for smacking his 6th home run and providing the only bit of offense for the Reds tonight; Wandy Peralta, for firing a scoreless inning of relief; and Blake Wood, for striking out 2 and not allowing a base runner in his inning of relief.

Key Plays

  • The Dodgers struck first in the top of the second inning on a 2-out solo dinger by Joc Pederson to give the Boys in Blue a 1-0 lead.
  • They were able to add to that lead in the top of the 3rd. Justin Turner drew a 2-out walk and then moved to second on a single by Cody Bellinger. That brought up Chris Taylor, who hit a double to left to bring in Turner. Thankfully, that was the extent of the damage as the Reds were able to get Bellinger out at the plate while trying to score from first. Dodgers led, 2-0.
  • The Dodgers added some insurance in the top of the 8th. After getting two quick outs, Drew Storen walked both Pederson and Yasiel Puig. Alex Wood then came up and helped himself out by hitting a ground ball into right field to score Pederson from second. Dodgers led, 3-0.
  • The Reds were finally able to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 8th and start chipping away at the lead. Devin Mesoraco took a 0-1 pitch and donked a dinger to center field to cut the lead to 3-1. Unfortunately, that is all of the offense that the Reds could muster on the evening. Dodgers win, 3-1.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Billy Hamilton, who hit the ball very well in the month of May, is sitting at .150/.209/.150 for the month of June. I’m no expert, but that is #not #good.
  • The Reds will look to end their losing streak tomorrow afternoon in game 2 of the series. Asher Wojciechowski (1-0, 5.21 ERA) will be facing off against Hyun Jin Ryu (2-6, 4.42 ERA) with the first pitch set to be tossed at 4:10 PM ET.
  • Tunes.