Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, and Cody Bellinger each homered and Rich Hill struck out 10 Reds in six scoreless innings as the Dodgers beat the Reds 6-0. With the win, the Dodgers improved to 30-16, becoming the first team to reach the 30-win mark as they got there just moments before the Houston Astros.
The extra rest seemed to help Hill as he came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. He retired the first ten batters he faced before surrendering a weak single to Joey Votto. He also struck out 4 of his first 5 batters and 6 of the first 9.
When he recorded his 10th strikeout, Hill joined Dazzy Vance as the only Dodger pitchers to strikeout 10 or more batters at age 39. Although Vance pitched from 1922 to 1932, Hill claimed after the game that he remembers pitching with him.
The Dodger hitters also came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. They scored 6 runs on 10 hits, going 2-6 with RISP as hitting 4 home runs
It all started in the second inning with Seager’s homer. Bellinger was at second base and Anthony DeSclafani threw Seager a knuckle curve down and in. Seager, who’s been hitting much better since his Grand Slam on Mother’s Day, crushed it, depositing it in the Reds bullpen.
The Dodgers doubled their lead in the 3rd inning thanks to back-to-back jacks from Pederson and Muncy. Pederson lined a 3-2 fastball into left field that somehow landed in the seats. It left the bat at only a 27 degree angle and 98 mph, peaking at 68 feet, but it still managed to land in the seats.
Muncy’s homer came on a hanging breaking ball and was easier to predict that it would go out. Muncy barreled up the ball, hitting it at 29 degrees and 102 mph. When the ball landed 392 feet from home, the Dodgers had a 4-0 lead.
In the top of the 8th, Bellinger came to the plate trailing Christian Yelich by 3 homers. But it didn’t take long before he hit his 16th of the year. Bellinger crushed a sinker, hitting it 104 mph. With a 20-degree launch angle, the ball just barely made it over the wall, but it still counted and the Dodgers took a 6-0 lead.
Game 2 will feature a matchup between Walker Buehler (4-0, 4.15) and Tyler Mahle (0-5, 3.97). Buehler had a bad start to the year, but he pitched much better in his last start, tossing 7 scoreless innings against the Nationals. The game will begin at 1:10 pm.