Grandal’s Homer Leads Dodgers Over Reds

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Yasmani Grandal hit a 2 run home run and Logan Forsythe hit a two-run double as part of a six-run fourth inning in the Dodgers’ 5-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Rich Hill got the start for the Dodgers, going 3.2 innings, but struggling with his fastball command. Hill gave up three four-pitch walks and struck out only 3 batters. He allowed one hit and was charged with one unearned run.

Tim Adelman was not so fortunate. The 29-year-old was charged with five earned runs over 3.1 innings. The righty is fighting for a spot in the Reds’ starting rotation but has struggled so far this spring. He remains optimistic, though, saying that he will try to forget his last inning and just focus on his three good innings.

Grandal collected two hits, one of them being a two-run home run – he is batting .429 this spring. Forsythe went 1-3 with a big two-run double that drove in the Dodgers’ fifth and sixth runs of the game. Forsythe is 11-22 this spring. Chris Taylor also had a big day, collecting two more hits, he is also 11-22 this spring.

In the fourth inning, Patrick Kivlenhan walked and then advanced to second on an error on a pick-off attempt by Rich Hill. Kivlenhan then scored on a single to center field by Zack Cozart. The Reds also added a run off of Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen on an RBI single by Jose Peraza in the 5th inning.

Dave Roberts is not concerned about Jansen, who has allowed three runs in 2.2 innings. “Kenley’s fine,” The Dodgers’ skipper reported. “Leadoff walk, gave up the flare. Right now, where we’re at in the calendar, 21 pitches was good enough for him. He’s a tick down [in velocity].”

Up Next

Brandon McCarthy will get the ball for the Dodgers against the Mariners in Peoria. McCarthy will enter the game with an ERA of 3.60 and a record of 1-1. The game starts at 1:10 pm PT at Peoria Stadium. This game will only be available to watch on MLB.TV.

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