The Cincinnati Reds walked off the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second consecutive night.
The Reds, who entered this series at 27-33, have already won the series against the Dodgers, and won both games in come-from-behind fashion.
On Wednesday, they came back from a 6-2 deficit, winning on a walk-off two-run home off of Evan Phillips to win the game 8-6.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers led 8-3 and lost 9-8 on a walk-off by the Reds.
On Wednesday, the Dodgers led 6-2 and lost 8-6 on a walk-off HR by the Reds.
The bats struggled after three innings, but six runs should be more than enough to win a game.
LA has now lost four in a row.— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) June 8, 2023
The Dodgers have now lost two games they should have won to start this six-game road trip, and four in a row overall. Here’s how it all went down:
The Dodgers got the scoring started early again on Wednesday, courtesy of a Mookie Betts leadoff home run. It was Mookie’s MLB-leading sixth leadoff home run of the year, and the 42nd of his career.
Lead it off, Mook! pic.twitter.com/jJj3q5PbyE— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 7, 2023
Mookie Betts now has 42 career leadoff home runs. He has 22 with the Dodgers. Instant offense and the Dodgers lead 1-0.— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) June 7, 2023
The offense didn’t stop there, though, as a Will Smith double and Max Muncy RBI single gave Noah Syndergaard a 2-0 lead before he even threw a pitch.
But it didn’t last long.
In the bottom of the first inning, Reds rookie Elly De La Cruz annihilated a pitch to deep right field, and with that swing of the bat, we were tied at two.
In the top of the second inning, Miguel Vargas wasted no time getting the lead back. He smoked a home run to deep left center field, and the Dodgers were back up 3-2.
Miggy for the lead! pic.twitter.com/ppSQzzHCK7— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 7, 2023
Then, in the top of the third inning, the LA bats stayed hot. Will Smith crushed a two-run home run to bring Freddie Freeman home, followed by doubles from J.D. Martinez and, two batters later, Vargas bringing in another run.
In the bottom of the third, though, everything fell off the rails for Syndergaard. Here’s how that inning went, which could very well be the final of his Dodger career:
- Sacrifice fly
- RBI single
- Stolen base
- Two-run home run
- Fly out
The third inning ended with the game tied right back up at six, and it also brought an end to Syndergaard’s night, and potentially his time with the Dodgers.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Dodgers starting shortstop Miguel Rojas was removed from the game. The Dodgers later said he was removed with neck tightness, so we’ll have to keep an eye on that injury moving forward.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, recently called-up Nick Robertson made his MLB debut, and absolutely dominated in a 1-2-3 inning.
Nick Robertson with a 1-2-3 inning in his MLB debut!— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 8, 2023
You just LOVE to see it!!! #Dodgers
Welcome to The Show, Nick Robertson! pic.twitter.com/CqIJfIKXeC— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 8, 2023
He ended up getting the sixth inning, too, and yet again, went 1-2-3. He looks the part of a shutdown MLB reliever.
Nick Robertson is here to save the Dodgers bullpen.— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) June 8, 2023
In his MLB debut, he's gone two innings and retired all six batters he faced, including three strikeouts.
It took him just 22 pitches to go six up, six down.
Nick Robertson is a dude. These are the kinds of arms the Dodgers have been missing. Dodgers need to start phasing out the pitch to contact relievers. It’s a losing formula in the postseason.— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) June 8, 2023
After the third inning, the bats for both teams went silent.
However, in the bottom of the ninth ining, the Reds walked it off against Phillips, courtesy of a two-run home run.
The Dodgers and Reds play the series finale on Thursday. Clayton Kershaw is taking the mound for the Dodgers against Graham Ashcraft of the Reds. First pitch is an early 9:35 a.m. PT.
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