Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly spent some time prior to Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds defending Brett Anderson, saying he believes the left-hander is overlooked and praising him for the consistency he’s provided.
Anderson was on the mound Saturday in the third of a four-game series looking to bounce back from a rough outing that left him visibly frustrated. After two quick outs in the first inning, Joey Votto knocked a base hit to center field. Todd Frazier followed with a home run and the Reds jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Kiké Hernandez grounded sharply to Frazier in the bottom of the first and reached safely as Frazier’s throw pulled Votto off the base and Hernandez dove under the tag. Adrian Gonzalez dropped a one-out single into center field, but David Holmberg ended the inning by getting Justin Turner to ground into a double play.
Anderson had a much easier second inning of work as he retired the Reds in order. That included getting some help from Hernandez, who made a diving stop on a ball hit up the middle and had plenty of time to throw over to first base as it was Holmberg running.
Yasiel Puig got the Dodgers on the board by leading off the bottom of the second with a solo home run to right-center field. Holmberg walked Carl Crawford and the Dodgers left fielder soon after moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. That was rendered somewhat of a moot point as Holmberg struggled to find the strike zone and walked A.J. Ellis a few pitches later.
After an Anderson sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position with two outs, Rollins pushed the Dodgers ahead with an RBI single to left field. Hernandez added to the lead by crushing a three-run home run more than halfway up the pavilion in left field.
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