Every good team has a thorn in its side. There’s always that one team that absolutely destroys them. Last year, the Dodgers had two thorns in their side: any AL Central team, and the Diamondbacks. This year, the biggest thorn in the Dodgers’ side is the Cincinnati Reds.
The Dodgers, who are in the middle of a heated pennant race have been unable to beat the 83-loss Reds in five attempts this year. In the opener of the series in Cincinnati, the Reds made the Dodgers look absolutely foolish.
Scooter Gennett led the charge, going 4-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. José Peraza also had a good night, going 2-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Needless to say, Alex Wood was chased out of the game after only 3.2 innings, having had allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with two walks.
It didn’t take long to figure out that the Dodgers were going to lose on Monday afternoon. Wood began the game by walking the Reds’ lead-off hitter, Billy Hamilton and hitting Peraza with a pitch. Joey Votto immediately drove in both runners with a double. Votto then scored on a single by Gennett (his first of the game). As if things couldn’t get worse, Gennett then scored on a throwing error. At the end of the first inning, the Dodgers trailed 4-0.
The sixth inning also got out of hand for Dodger pitching. The Reds had a man on first base with two outs when Dodger pitching lost it. They allowed an RBI single to Gennett (his third of the game). Gennett then scored on a single by Tucker Barnhart.
Alex Wood and the Dodger bullpen weren’t the only people who had a rough day. Manny Machado made a lazy throw in the first inning that resulted in a run-scoring error. In the fourth, Yasmani Grandal dropped the ball on a play at the plate where Hamilton should have been out. To make things worse, the Dodgers had the bases loaded in the sixth when Yasiel Puig hit a line drive that was caught and Max Muncy was doubled off at second base.
The Dodgers will try to get their first win against the Reds this year in game two of the three-game series. Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the mound for the Dodgers against Luis Castillo. Ryu is coming off a game where he allowed five runs, but only one was earned, on ten hits against the Mets. But other than that, Ryu’s been very reliable this year. Castillo has a 4.79 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP in 28 games this year. The game will begin at 3:40pm. The Dodgers will also be scoreboard watching, as they are 1.5 games behind the Rockies.