Yasiel Puig went 2-4 with two home runs, three RBIs, and two runs scored as the Dodgers spoiled the Reds’ party with a 10-2 win. Cody Bellinger hit a two-run home run and Joc Pederson followed with a solo shot to go back-to-back with Bellinger.
Hyun-Jin Ryu looked much better than his last outing when he pitched only four innings and allowed four earned runs against the Reds. On Saturday afternoon, Ryu threw five innings and allowed only two earned runs. Adding the extra inning and cutting down on the runs allowed gave him the chance got a win.
The Dodgers helped Ryu early and often, scoring six runs against Asher Wojciechowski. The scoring started in the first inning when Bellinger missed a two-run home run by inches. Corey Seager hit a double with one out, and then with two outs, Cody Bellinger hit a fastball into right field and Charlie Steiner began his home run call. Sadly, the wind knocked the ball down and Bellinger had to settle for a double and the Dodgers had a 1-0 lead.
The Reds tied the game in the bottom of the first inning and the Dodgers re-took the lead with an explosive third inning. Ryu led off the inning and reached on an error by Reds’ shortstop Zack Cozart. Seager then walked and Chris Taylor hit a two-run double to left-center field giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Bellinger then stepped up to the plate and, after missing a home run in his last at-bat, hit a home run over the wall in right field, making it a 5-1 game. This brought Pederson to the plate and he hit a home run to right field, going back-to-back with Bellinger and extending the Dodgers’ lead to 6-1.
The Dodgers added another run in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 7-2. Ryu led off with a walk, frustrating the Reds’ pitching staff, then Chase Utley singled and Ryu moved up to third. That brought Seager to the plate and drove the ball into right field. Ryu scored and the Dodgers had a comfortable 7-2 lead.
Yasiel Puig decided to get into the action late in the game hitting two home runs. He led off the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run that gave the Dodgers an 8-2 lead. He hit a slider that was on the outer half of the plate and the ball kept on carrying over the wall in center field. His second homer came in the eighth inning, this time on a curveball. It was on the outer half of the plate and Puig drove it over the wall in left-center field. This homer was a no-doubter and the Dodgers had a 9-2 lead.
The Dodgers added another run in the ninth inning, once again with the help of Puig. Bellinger singled to lead off the inning, then Pederson walked. Logan Forsythe singled to load the bases, then Puig hit a fly ball to right field. Bellinger tagged up and scored and the Dodgers had a 10-2 lead.
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The Dodgers jumped Asher Wojciechowski early and never looked back. Cody Bellinger started the scoring with an RBI double and the momentum continued. Chris Taylor hit a two-run double, then Bellinger and Pederson hit back-to-back home runs. The Dodgers forced Wojciechowski out of the game early and then started to beat up on the Reds’ bullpen.
The Reds had many opportunities against Hyun-Jin Ryu on Saturday afternoon, but they were unable to cash in. In the third inning, the Reds loaded the bases against Ryu. He walked in a run, then got one out due to a lineout before getting José Peraza to ground into a double play. This is just one of the many wasted chances for the Reds as they went 1-17 with runners in scoring position.
Kenta Maeda will give the Dodgers’ rotation an extra day of rest with a spot start. The Reds will counter with the veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Roberts is hoping that Maeda will attack hitters just like he did when he earned a four-inning save against the Reds in his last appearance. Arroyo will be hoping to give the bullpen a break with a long outing. His last outing was a disaster as he threw just 4.2 innings and allowed nine earned runs on thirteen hits against the Padres. The game will start at 10:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.