Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler each hit solo home runs and Scooter Gennett continued to torment the Dodgers, going 2-3 with an RBI as the Dodgers dropped yet another game against the Reds by a score of 3-1. Luis Castillo held the Dodgers to one run over 6.1 innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.
Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled for the second straight start, allowing three earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk. As you can see from his stat line, he struggled to get batters out. He also couldn’t keep the ball in the park. He gave up two solo home runs and both of them were hit hard.
Dixon’s homer came in the bottom of the second inning with one out. Ryu threw a pitch in over the plate and about waist high, a perfect recipe for a home run. Dixon didn’t waste it. He crushed the ball into the second deck of the left-field seats at Great American Ballpark.
Schebler added to the Reds’ lead in the third inning when he hit his 16th homer of the year. Once again, Ryu threw the pitch a lot higher than he was supposed to. And once again, the ball was crushed. Schebler hit it down the right-field line for a solo homer. This made it 2-0 Reds.
Of course, a Dodgers-Reds game wouldn’t be complete without Scooter Gennett making the Dodgers look foolish. He’s the best second baseman in the National League and he’s been proving all year against the Dodgers. They’ve still not been able to keep him from doing damage. On Tuesday afternoon, he collected two hits, one of those was an RBI single in the fifth inning.
Luis Castillo benefited from/contributed to the Dodgers miserable offense. He held them to one run over 6.1 innings. His only mistake was a Joc Pederson home run in the sixth inning. But that wasn’t even a big deal because it was only a solo homer.
The Dodgers will try to salvage the final game of the series, as well as keep all their fans from planning vacations in early October. Ross Stripling will make his return from the DL and Anthony DeSclafani will try to spoil it. Dave Roberts made it clear that Stripling will only be pitching an abbreviated start. The game will begin at 9:35am.