Left-hander Paul Maholm took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers today against the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch. He’s fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation and was getting one more shot before the team heads to Australia on Sunday. In the first inning, he allowed a solo home run to Todd Frazier and put the Dodgers in a 1-0 hole. Offensively, the Dodgers went down in order in the bottom half.
Maholm allowed another run in the second following a walk, a stolen base, a ground out and a wild pitch. The Reds led 2-0 going into the bottom of the second. A line out and a pair of fly outs would send the Dodgers back out on defense after two complete. Unable to avoid trouble, Maholm allowed four more runs in the third after an error, a walk put runners on base. Jay Bruce then hit an RBI single and Chris Heisey hit a three-run home run. Two more hits would lead to Maholm being taken out for right-hander Red Patterson. He was able to get the final out of the inning.
The Dodgers were able to load the bases in the third with a pair of singles and a hit by pitch, but Hanley Ramirez grounded out to end the threat. Patterson remained on the mound and retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. Three singles to lead off the bottom half loaded the bases in the second consecutive inning for the Dodgers, but they were only able to score a run on a Justin Turner sacrifice fly. Tim Federowicz and Patterson each struck out to end the inning.
Patterson returned for another inning and allowed just a single to cruise through and keep the score 6-1. Ramirez helped the Dodgers get on the board again in the bottom of the fifth, launching a home run deep over the left field wall for his second home run of the spring. In the top half of the sixth, Patterson made a nice play with Turner to get the first out of the inning and retired the next two hitters to add to his scoreless day on the mound.
Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke and Turner were set down in order to keep the deficit at four. Right-hander Seth Rosin came in to relieve Patterson and set the Reds down with a groundout and pair of strikeouts. In the bottom of the seventh, Dee Gordon and Mike Baxter hit consecutive two-out singles, but Ramirez flew out to end the inning. Rosin ran into some trouble in the eighth, allowing a double and a single to put runners on the corners with one out. A sacrifice fly put the Reds ahead 7-2 heading into the Dodgers’ final two at-bats.
Nothing for the Dodgers offensively in the bottom of the eighth sent the game into the ninth and final inning. Rosin came out for another inning and allowed another run to score and the Dodgers trailed 8-2.
For the Dodgers, they couldn’t get anything across in the ninth and fell to the Reds, 8-2.
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