Reds 9, Dodgers 6: Road trip starts with a mess

Well, after a mediocre homestand, the Dodgers got their road trip off to a problematic start. After getting down early, they fought back to take the lead, and then immediately the pen depth failed them in grand fashion in a 9-6 loss to the Reds.


James Paxton‘s run of effectiveness/luck has come to an end, and it started early after a pair of walks and a Spencer Steer homer in the 1st to make it 3-0 Reds.

However, the Dodgers did fight back in the next half inning, as Teoscar Hernandez drew a walk to start the 2nd, Gavin Lux singled, they both advanced on a wild pitch, and Chris Taylor of all people doubled to score them both.

An Andy Pages single followed and then a Mookie Betts double tied the game at 3-3 before Shohei Ohtani grounded out for a sudden 4-3 lead.

After a break from scoring, the Dodgers added to the lead in the 5th behind a Will Smith homer to make it 5-3.

That’s when the wheels came off. Paxton started the 5th by allowing a Stuart Fairchild homer, but it wasn’t a big deal in itself as he rebounded with a couple of outs. However, he then issued a walk and was removed for Yohan Ramirez.

In his Dodger debut, Yohan hit a batter, walked a batter, and hit another batter to tie the game up. Alex Vesia then entered and gave up a grand slam to Jonathan India to make it 9-5 Reds.

Boy, that escalated quickly.

People were … not pleased about it, and understandably so, but I’m more worried about their health than Yohan or Elieser Hernandez or whatever.

Either way, not great.

After that, Vesia got the 6th, Michael Grove got the 7th, and Hernandez got the 8th to close out the Reds. However, all the Dodgers could muster was a Teoscar homer in the 9th to make it 9-6 in the end.


Will looks good!


33-20, eh.

Walker Buehler against Hunter Greene tomorrow at 1:15 PM HT/4:15 PM PT/7:15 PM ET on FOX.

About Chad Moriyama

Avatar photo
"A highly rational Internet troll." - Los Angeles Times