In the Dodgers 6-1 win against the Cincinnati Reds, the starting lineup accounted for 13 hits across three pitchers — while missing the team’s biggest hitters in Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and A.J. Pollock. In the absence of those three hitters, Alex Verdugo shined with his first career three-hit game.

With an offense that is clicking once again, Kenta Maeda earned the win after holding the Reds to one earned-run over 6.2 innings pitched, with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks. After getting swept by the Cardinals and losing the first two games of a three-game series to the Brewers, the Dodgers back to their winning ways. They’re now tied with the Padres for first place in the NL West.

Back to More Hits and Runs

Alex Verdugo is looking like he’s settled into his first go-around of a full major league season. He led the Dodgers with 3 hits and 3 RBI in the game and is batting .375 on the season.

Verdugo started the scoring in the first inning by scoring Enrique Hernandez on a ground ball to second base. After that, the Dodgers wouldn’t look back.

Moreover, Joc Pederson followed his walk-off home run on Jackie Robinson Day with a 2-run bomb in the second inning that scored Rocky Gale. The 2-run shot extended the Dodgers streak of home game home runs to 31 consecutive games. They’re only one game away from tying a Colorado Rockies record set in 1999.

Corey Seager picked up 3 hits in the game as he starts to show signs of resembling the hitter he was before Tommy John and hip surgeries.

Pitching Under Control

With the win against the Reds, Maeda now leads the Dodgers pitching staff with three wins.

Scott Alexender got the final out of the 7th inning, and Joe Kelly came in to pitch a perfect 8th inning.

In the month of April, Kelly has given up 8 runs in 4 innings pitched. 

Up Next:

The series finale feature Sonny Gray (0-2, 2.03 ERA) will take the bump for the Cincinnati Reds as Walker Buehler (1-0, 8.25 ERA) starts for the Dodgers. First pitch is an early one in Los Angeles, coming at 12:10pm.

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