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Reds bumble, fumble, and stumble in series finale with Dodgers, lose 8-1

Well, that wasn’t nearly as fun as it could’ve been.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game


Jose Peraza hit a home run, which capped off the “former Dodger players” trifecta after Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler both homered last night. The Reds won the trade!

...Billy Hamilton got two hits, so that’s pretty neat.

Not a lot to write about today, though, as the Reds mustered only five hits and the pitching coughed up eight runs.

Key Plays

  • Jose Peraza started the contest off strong for the Reds, hitting a home run in the Reds second AB of the game. Reds up 1-0 after one full.
  • The Reds would begin to get to Disco starting in the fourth. Joc Pederson led off the inning with a dong to CF. After Justin Turner and Manny Machado followed with outs, Max Muncy singled to right and was later driven in by a Yasmani Grandal double. Kiké Hernandez would ground out to end the inning. Dodgers up, 2-1.
  • The big damage was done in the 5th for the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig walked to open the frame, before Andrew Toles struck out. Pederson hit again, doubling this time, to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. Turner then singled to score them both. Machado popped out for the 2nd out of the inning, but Muncy would then walk. That was the end of the day for Anthony DeSclafani. He was relieved by Wandy Peralta, who immediately gave up a single to Grandal that scored Turner. Cody Bellinger reached thereafter on an error by Scooter Gennett that also allowed Muncy to score. Hernandez again ended the inning, but the Dodger score 4, lead 6-1.
  • The men in blue would get two more in the 6th. Amir Garrett started the inning and gave up a double to Puig, and then walked David Freese with a wild pitch that allowed Puig to move to 3B. Garrett struck out Chris Taylor, but then allowed a double to Turner that scored Puig and allowed Freese to third. Machado was intentionally walked to load the bases before Muncy lined out for the 2nd out in the inning. Matt Wisler came on in relief of Garrett and allowed another Grandal hit that scored Freese. Wisler got out of further damage by inducing a Bellinger groundout, but it’s ugly out here folks. Dodgers, 8-1.
  • That was it. The Reds would go quietly into the afternoon, losing to the Dodgers 8-1.

This Graph accurately describes my interest in this Reds season

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The Reds fumbling of this game means no season sweep of Los Angeles, which is a bummer. However, it also means the Dodgers lose no more ground to St. Louis in the NL Wild Card standings. The Dodgers are currently two games back of the Cardinals for the second wild card spot.
  • Conveniently enough, the Dodgers and Cardinals begin a four game series in St. Louis starting tomorrow. Obviously, that game will have huge implications in the National League playoff race. Things are gonna get interesting folks.
  • What is not interesting, however, is the final two weeks of this Reds season. We’re definitely just playing out the string at this point.
  • Speaking of, the Reds are off tomorrow. Do something productive with your day. They’ll pick back up on Friday with /checks notes the Cubs in Chicago. Oh boy.
  • Tunes.