Dodgers Game Recap: Offense Comes Up Big, Ryu Extends Scoreless Streak

The Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber match of the series by a score of 8-3.

Most of the game’s offense came in the final two innings, with the Reds piling on a trio of runs and the Dodgers putting together 4 of their own.

Bats Stay Hot

The Dodgers were still able to flex their muscles on a day when the wind was blowing in at Great American Ballpark.

The scoring started in the second inning when Alex Verdugo doubled home Corey Seager to make the game 1-0.

In the third inning, the Dodgers tacked on another run, courtesy of a Justin Turner rocket and error by second baseman Jose Peraza to score Joc Pederson. Good baseball.

The bats went quiet for a few innings before really getting going in the seventh inning. On a night where Cody Bellinger did not look his best at the plate, he still found a way to produce a two-run blast to make the game 4-0.

In the eighth inning, Russell Martin sent one into the seats against Amir Garrett to make the game 5-0, his second homer of the young season.

The ninth inning was a wild one, with Joc Pederson scoring on a bases-loaded wild pitch, and Alex Verdugo doubling home a pair to extend the lead to eight against Robert Stephenson. On the Reds side, they did all of their damage in the ninth against Yimi Garcia. Former Dodger Jose Peraza sent a two-run shot into the left field pavilion and hot-hitting Derek Dietrich produced a solo homer of his own.

Ryu Scoreless Streak Continues

Hyun-Jin Ryu has dazzled so far this season and that might be an understatement. Ryu has now tossed 31 scoreless innings in a row for the club and lowered his ERA to 1.52 in the process. Fun fact: Hyun-Jin Ryu has the lowest ERA in Major League Baseball since the start of 2018 out of any starting pitcher with as many innings as he has thrown. Insanity.

Kiké Struggling

Over the last month of the season, Hernandez has compiled a .583 OPS and somehow still plays against right-handed pitching. Time will tell, but Hernandez is one year removed from a 3.2 WAR season. Today, he put together an 0-for-5 effort. More to come on him.

Next Up

The Dodgers will enjoy an off day in Tampa Bay before taking on the AL East leaders. Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill will be on the bump for the two-game dance with the Rays.


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  1. It was great till the 9nth, then Garcia took over. They should have removed him after the first home run. To bring in Garcia then and not someone better I don’t understand. Yes, I’m second guessing Roberts but I think he knows he should have brought someone else.

  2. Hyun-jin Ryu is finally gaining notoriety………those of us in Dodgers land who are his supporters already knew how great he was……..I’ve often commented that he would be the number #1 starter on a lot of the teams in MLB, but here he’s the number 3, and largely over looked. 31 innings in a row is quite an achievement in itsself right? That performance yesterday was so sweet!!!!! Even Orel is starting to get nervous……There is no question that this season he has been our best pitcher, it’s not even close………no offense to Kershaw or Buehler intended, that’s just the way it is.

    Yimi…….I do not even want to get started on Yimi………..THANK GOD he had an eight run lead……….

  3. …… good as our starters are these days (phenoms all) our relievers are a swamp opposite at this point. (UGH!)

    • Bluz1st, Yimi allowed back to back HR’s and it’s a good thing we scored 8 runs but he was also being tagged very hard in those other AB’s by the Reds. Why Roberts left him in there is beyond me. We have other options besides Garcia and it’s probably time to pull the trigger and remove him from the roster.

  4. One thing else to be sure here: Dodgers can often get by with this current BP due to the SP’s and the offense for the most part. But remember, the Reds are not an elite team and we will be facing elite teams with elite pitching staffs in the PS and WS. And most likely we don’t score 8 runs to get far ahead, so what Yimi did yesterday would have buried the Dodgers against the better teams.

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