Dodgers fans generally like to see guys that have left the organization thrive with their new clubs. With a few exceptions, there have been plenty of guys to leave over the past few years that fans in LA will still root for. That all changes when they play us.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, they got beat by a former teammate. Kyle Farmer came up big for the Reds in the 6th inning and drove in a pair of runs off of Walker Buehler. That proved to be the difference-maker as Cincinnati won 3-1.
After the win, Farmer talked about his former team and what it meant to come through against them. Farmer also admitted that playing the Dodgers brings an extra level of intensity, something fans in LA are more than aware of.
I love a lot of guys over there. They’re great friends of mine, great teammates. Some of the best friends I’ve ever had. But I love playing them. The intensity level seems a little different playing against them.
Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 8th round of the 2013 draft out of Georgia, Farmer came up as a catcher. He made a big jump in his career with the Reds by moving around the diamond and now seems to be settled in at shortstop.
He was a part of the trade that sent Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Alex Wood to Cincinatti back in December of 2018. That landed Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs with the Dodgers, which then turned into Mookie Betts, Max Scherzer, and Trea Turner.