The Cincinnati Reds offense got off to a great start scoring a bunch of runs and hits in the first five games of the trip but in the last
two games against the Dodgers they have only managed two runs and combined for only eight hits as they fall to the Dodgers for the second straight night 4-1 on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium in California.
Bronson Arroyo was on the mound for the Reds and though he didn’t allow a ton of runs he struggled especially in the 1st inning throwing 28 pitches. He allowed a one out walk to Yasiel Puig, with two outs Hanley Ramirez who’s been hitting the ball great lately doubled to deep center scoring Puig to mae it 1-0 Dodgers.
In the second inning Jay Bruce with one out homered to right for his 22nd of the season off Dodgers starter Hyn-Jin-Ryu to tie the game at 1. After that Ryu was dealing going seven innings of one run allowed and striking out nine batters as the Reds offense couldn’t manage anything off of him.
Arroyo was coasting along until the bottom of the fifth inning allowing a Mark Eills single then a Ryu sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Skip Schumaker came up in his career against him he has hit him very well and was evident as he hit a two run homerun to deep center to make it 3-1. Arroyo was done after he was relieved by Alfredo Simon in the sixth inning with one out. Final line for Bronson 5 1/3 innings pitched, eight hits, three earned runs, two walks and one strikeout as he fall to 9-8 on the season.
Dodgers got another run in the seventh inning on a Adrian Gonzalez RBI single to make it 4- 1 cushion and it was good enough as the Reds couldn’t get anything going. Kenley Jensen came on in the ninth went 1-2-3 for the save.
With the loss the Reds are now 4-3 in the west coast road trip with one more game in Los Angeles. They missed another great opportunity to gain ground on the St Louis Cardinals who lost again yesterday and still trail them five games in the NL Central. Reds will look to split the four game series against the Dodgers today as it will be Tony Cingrani for the Reds and they will face another lefty for the third straight game in the series in Chris Capuano.First pitch is at 4:10pm.