The Reds have been a team throughout the season of inconsistency play the beginning of the west coast road trip started off very promising with taking three of four against the San Fransisco Giants and taking the first game of the four game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Offense was held in check and combined for two runs in the final three games as they fall in eleven innings 1-0 to the Dodgers on a Yasiel Puig walk off home run on Sunday Afternoon at Dodger Stadium in California.
Reds starter Tony Cingrani pitched his best game as red allowing only one hit through seven strong innings and striking out a career high 11 batters but did not factor in the decision thanks to the bats of the Reds which have been dead since Thursday night. The only hit he allowed was to the of course the pitcher Chris Capunao who wasn’t been himself this afternoon in the third inning.
In the top of sixth inning, Reds had great chance to get on the board Devin Mesoraco lead off the inning with a double moved to third on Cingrani sacrifice bunt. With one out and the infield playing in, they attempted a suicide squeeze as Mesoraco broke for home. Derrick Robinson on the next pitch grounded to third base, as Mesoraco was going on contact was easily thrown out at the plate.
In the seventh inning, second straight batter lead off with a double this time was Joey Votto. With two outs, Capuano was relieved by right hand pitcher Ronald Belisario who was wild allowed a walk to Todd Frazier on four pitches, but he came back and struck out Zack Cozart to get of the inning.
The Reds again had another chance to take the lead in the eighth inning with one out and lefty reliever Paco Rodriquez came in and pinch hitter Shin-Soo Choo came up was hit by a pitch, he then stole second base but was left stranded at second as Robinson and Heisey both popped out to end the inning.
On to the bottom of the eleventh inning Curtis Partch was pitching he came on in the bottom of 10th while getting two key strikeouts to keep the Dodgers from winning it in that inning. Well not so lucky in the 11th struck out a pinch hitter to start it off but two batters later Puig
ended it with a bomb to left field
With the loss the Reds lose the series three out of four after taking the first game on Thursday and now are 4-4 on the west coast road trip. They will head to San Diego to take on the Paders for three games starting tomorrow night it will be Mike Leake on the mound for the Reds and Sean O’Sullivan for the Paders. First pitch is at 10:10pm.