The Los Angeles Dodgers concluded their seven-game homestand Sunday afternoon by facing a Cincinnati Reds team they’ll see again in nine days for the start of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park on the Dodgers’ final stop of their road trip.
Joc Pederson wasted little time making his presence felt as he tracked down a Brandon Phillips fly ball on the warning track in center field. Joey Votto reached on a two-out double as Kiké Hernandez came up dry on his diving attempt as the ball skipped off his glove and rolled into foul territory.
Nothing came of it for the Reds as Greinke struck out Todd Frazier to end the inning.Anthony DeSclafani gave up a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the first, but then induced Hernandez into a double play. Adrian Gonzalez made good contact only for his fly ball to be caught in front of the right-field fence.
Jay Bruce hit a leadoff single in the second and Tucker Barnhart reached on a force out by beating the throw to first base on a double play attempt. DeSclafani then went down swinging, give Greinke three strikeouts on the day.
Yasiel Puig reached on an infield single to third base with two outs in the bottom of the second, but was soon after picked off first base to end the inning with the game still locked in a scoreless tie. Greinke kept the Reds off the bases in the third for his first 1-2-3 inning of the game.
Yasmani Grandal drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third and was moved into scoring position with two outs on Greinke’s sacrifice bunt. Marlon Byrd kept the game a scoreless tie by making a running catch on a Rollins slicing fly ball to the warning track in left field.
Greinke set the Reds down in order again in the fourth, bookending the inning with strikeouts of Votto and Bruce. Hernandez led off the bottom of the inning with a base hit and DeSclafani got into some trouble by walking Gonzalez to put two on with no outs.
Hernandez tagged to take third base on Turner’s fly out to left, but both he and Gonzalez were stranded by Ethier and Puig, who both struck out swinging.
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