The Los Angeles Dodgers return to Dodger Stadium after their second nine-game road trip this season that ended with an identical 5-4 record as their first nine-game trip. However, this time around the Dodgers are riding an emotional high following Josh Beckett’s no-hitter.
Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound for his second start since coming off the disabled list May 21. In Ryu’s first game after being reinstated, the lefty was sharp in six innings of work, striking out nine and allowing two runs in a 4-3 win. Ryu makes just his second career start against the Cincinnati Reds and is 1-0, going seven innings and picking up the win in 2013.
Taking the mound for the Reds is Johnny Cueto, who had been on an impressive streak prior to his most recent start on May 20. Prior to the 5.1-inning start against the Washington Nationals, which resulted in Cueto’s third loss this season, the right-hander had gone at least seven innings in each of his starts and allowed two runs or less.
Cueto has three complete games under his belt and has gone eight innings in three of his starts. The power right-hander is 1-4 in six career starts against the Dodgers and last faced them in 2012.
For the fourth consecutive game, Matt Kemp is absent from the Dodgers’ lineup. Manager Don Mattingly again goes with Carl Crawford in left, Andre Ethier in center and Yasiel Puig in right. Crawford has been swinging a hot bat, but is 0-for-9 in the last two games.
The Dodgers also received negative news on the injury front as A.J. Ellis was placed on the 15-day DL with a severe right ankle sprain. With the roster move, Tim Federowicz was recalled from Triple-A.
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