The Dodgers couldn’t score against Reds’ starter, Tyler Mahle, who threw 6 shutout innings with 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. On the other side of the ball, Walker Buehler allowed 4 runs (only 1 earned) over 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 7 as the Dodgers dropped game two of the series by a score of 4-0.
Mahle entered the game with a 3.97 ERA and almost no run support, but that didn’t stop him from shutting the Dodgers down. Mahle only struck out 5 batters, but when the Dodgers did make contact, especially with runners on base, they consistently hit the ball right to the defenders.
Buehler was sharp, but he didn’t get any help from his teammates, which makes it hard to win. Out of the 4 runs he was charged with, only 1 was earned.
The earned run came in the second inning when Jesse Winker hit a solo homer. Buehler threw a 98 mph fastball at the top of the zone and Winker got his barrel on the ball and hit it out.
“The Winker homer, I’ll take my chances on that pitch with anyone,” Buehler said. “It wasa in the top of the zone, which is kind of my strength.”
Things fell apart for the Dodgers in the third inning. Buehler gave up two singles, putting men on first and second. He then got a double-play ball hit to Corey Seager‘s right. Instead of going with his momentum to get the out at third, Seager tried to throw to second but threw it away and a run scored.
Then, after Buehler got two outs, which would have ended the inning if it wasn’t for Seager’s error, Yasiel Puig came up with a lucky hit. He hit the ball softly to center field, but it didn’t have enough carry for Alex Verdugo to make a play on it. So the ball dropped in and the Reds took a 4-0 lead.
It’s the rubber match of this three-game series this afternoon at 10:10 am. Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the mound for the Dodgers and look to carry his home success to the road. Tanner Roark will start for the Reds. Ryu is 5-1 on the year with a 1.72 ERA and Roark is 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA.