The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers took the field Sunday afternoon with first-pitch temperature at 98 degrees. The four-game series finale was the end of a 10-game road trip for the Reds in which they’d won only three times on the trip to that point.
Zack Greinke stood in their way between splitting the series with the Dodgers or suffering another loss. Greinke allowed just one run over seven innings and struck out eight. He also contributed with the bat, hitting a solo home run as part of back-to-back shots with Joc Pederson in the fifth inning.
Pederson’s home run tied the game, with Greinke’s proving to be the difference in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win. However, prior to that excitement, the fans in Dodger Stadium rose to their feet after a valiant effort from the ball boy positioned down the left field line.
Tucker Barnhart fouled a pitch off that began to carry over Dodgers ball boy Javier’s head. He attempted to reach up for the catch, came up empty and tumbled over the fence into the stands. Javier rose to his feet and was quickly back at his post, with the fans applauding the effort.
While it may have been somewhat of an embarrassing moment, Justin Turner tweeted out a thoughtful message:
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) August 17, 2015