Unbeatable Wood! Clutch Hits, Pitching Earns W

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Alex Wood continued to be unbeatable on Friday night, tossing eight innings in which he allowed one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Joc Pederson opened the scoring with a solo home run and Chris Taylor and Wood had RBI base hits as Wood improved to 7-0 on the year.

 Dodgers 3 
 Reds 1 

Alex Wood dominated the Reds on Friday night, holding them to one run over eight innings. Wood was on top of his game, striking out five, starting a double play, picking off a runner, and relying on his defense. His pitch count was at 89 after eight innings, due to the fact that he recorded a lot of quick outs. Wood did not walk any batters and both times that the count was full, he struck out the batter.

Because the Dodgers were back in a National League ballpark after a three-game series against the Indians, Wood also got to bat. In the eighth inning, the Dodgers had a 2-0 with runners on first and second and two outs, Wood hit a ball down the right-field line for an RBI single.

Joc Pederson started the scoring in the second inning against Tim Adleman. Adleman had recorded the first two outs without any trouble, and he was a strike away from retiring Pederson. With a 1-2 count, Adleman threw a fastball over the heart of the plate. Pederson said “thank you very much” and hit it over the wall in right field for a solo shot. It was his third of the year and it gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers extended their lead in the third inning, once again with two outs. Adleman had no trouble recording the first two outs of the inning, but then he got into some trouble. He issued a four-pitch walk to Justin Turner, then Cody Bellinger hit a single that sent Turner to second. Taylor came to the plate and ripped a fastball into the left field corner. Turner scored and Chris Woodward decided to send Bellinger. Adam Duvall threw a perfect throw to his cutoff man Eugenio Suarez, who threw it perfectly to Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco tagged Bellinger out at the plate, but the Dodgers picked up one run and led it 2-0.

Alex Wood was involved in the scoring in both the top and bottom of the eighth inning. In the top, the Dodgers had runners on first and second when Wood hit an RBI single to extend the Dodgers’ lead. In the bottom of the inning, Wood left a fastball over the plate against Mesoraco, who drove it over the wall in center field, making it a 3-1 game.

Kenley Jansen entered the game in the ninth inning to record the save. After attempting to bunt and getting hit in the hand, Billy Hamilton doubled, bringing the tying run to the plate. Jansen responds very well to pressure, so he struck out the next three batters he faced to earn the save. Jansen now has 48 strikeouts and no walks this year.

Keys To The Game:

Play At The Plate:

In the second inning, Alex Wood got into trouble after allowing a leadoff double to Eugenio Suarez. The Reds advanced Suarez to third with a groundout and they had a runner on third base with one out. The Dodgers brought the infield in against José Peraza. Peraza hit a ground ball to Corey Seager, who threw home to get Suarez out.

Double Play:

In the fifth inning, the Reds had runners on first and second with one out and Devin Mesoraco at the plate. Mesoraco hit a comebacker that Wood picked up and threw to second to start a double play. If the ball had made it past Wood, it would have gone into center field and the Reds would have scored a run. However, Wood picked it up and made a good throw to second to get the out there.

Up Next:

Hyun-Jin Ryu will try to keep the ball in the park against the Reds and Asher Wojciechowski will pitch for the Reds. Wood has allowed 12 home runs in 57 innings this year, three against the Reds when the faced off on Sunday in Los Angeles. Wojciechowski has yet to earn a desision in any of his starts, but he has looked sharp lately. The game will start at 1:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.

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