Dodgers @ Reds May 24, 2024: Paxton opens up road trip in Cincinnati after a disappointing end to the homestand

The Dodgers wrapped up their last homestand with Chad’s first dumpster fire recap of the season on Wednesday. Tyler Glasnow was good until the fifth inning, where a two-run triple and wild pitch put the Dodgers down 3-0. That would have been enough for Arizona to beat the struggling Dodger offense, but Elieser Hernandez and Ryan Yarbrough allowed runs late for a 6-0 loss that didn’t really feel that close. The Dodgers had a chance for an excellent homestand, but dropped the last two games against Arizona to finish the homestand 4-3.

That homestand began against the Reds, and this six-game road trip begins in Cincinnati. The Dodgers took three of four against the Reds last week. After a rough series opening loss where Elly De La Cruz ran wild, the Dodgers outscored the Reds 14-5 over the next three games that featured Shohei Ohtani‘s first Dodger walk-off. The Reds went back to Cincinnati after that series and beat the Padres in the first game of their series, but dropped the next two.

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4:10 P.M. Cincinnati
SS Betts CF Fairchild (L)
DH Ohtani (L) SS De La Cruz (S)
1B Freeman (L) 1B Candelario (S)
C Smith LF Steer
RF T. Hern√°ndez C Stephenson
2B Lux (L) 3B Espinal
LF Taylor DH Martini (L)
CF Pages 2B India
3B Rojas RF Hurtubise (L)
P Paxton (L) P Ashcraft (R)

Both of today’s starters last started in the series at Dodger Stadium. For the Dodgers, James Paxton continued his somehow solid season with a quality start on Friday. He allowed three runs over six innings and allowed seven hits with only two strikeouts. He erased two of the singles he allowed with inning-ending double plays and the first run off him came on a Mookie Betts error. He allowed a pair of solo homers to Stuart Fairchild and Tyler Stephenson and pitched into the seventh, but was lifted for Michael Grove after allowing a leadoff single. It was his second consecutive start with no walks, which allowed him to even up his walks and strikeouts on the season (24 each).

Graham Ashcraft gets the ball for the Reds. He took the loss on Saturday after allowing three hits and three runs over five innings. He wasn’t awful, but was outmatched by Walker Buehler‘s vintage start in a 4-0 Dodger victory. It was Ashcraft’s third consecutive start allowing three hits, three runs and three walks (I’m not into numerology but that has to mean something is in retrograde right). Ashcraft only allowed one baserunner his first time through the Dodger order, but allowed two runs on two walks, a hit and a wild pitch in the fourth and an RBI single to Freddie Freeman in the fifth.

Enrique Hernandez sits for the first time since Max Muncy was placed on the IL. He’d started the previous seven games at third, but Miguel Rojas gets the start tonight. Chris Taylor also gets his first start since May 16.

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The Dodgers lost a pair of recently released/DFA’d pitchers. Eduardo Salazar is now a Mariner, and Drew Pomeranz was released from his minor league contract and has signed a Major League deal with the Giants.

Salazar allowed an unearned run in two innings in his only Dodger appearance. Pomeranz allowed six runs over nine innings at OKC before being released yesterday.

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First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM PT and will be shown on SportsNet LA.

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