By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After an emotional weekend series against San Diego the Dodgers took on Cincinnati at the Chavez Ravine.
The Dodgers trailed 3-1 when Corey Seager ripped a slider over the centerfield. In the fourth Gavin Lux hit a two-out single to score Chris Taylor who led off the inning with a single. The game was tied after nine.
Jesse Winkler led off the 10th with a two-run homer off Kenley Jansen giving the visitors a 5-3 lead. That ended the teams seven game losing streak. It was the first home-run Jansen gave up in nine appearances this season.
The Reds Tyler Mahle of Westminster High pitched a solid five innings holding the Dodgers to one run walking two while scattering five hits. His family looked on from the stands. He now has an ERA of 1.75.
It was the second straight day the Dodgers lost an extra inning game.
The mini slump doesn’t worry the Skipper. “We got off to a good start this season but if you look at where we are at, I would have banked at the beginning of the season,” said Roberts. “It’s certainly magnified in the offensive side and losing tonight, but like in the past years we are going to be fine.”
A tough weekend began with the Padre-Dodger series finale as each team used 12 relievers throwing 422 pitchers. While Los Angeles let a six-run lead get away in a game that took nearly five hours this was done in front of 15,316 at Dodger Stadium.
The result was an 8-7 loss and the Padres got out of town winning the series three games to one.
With the score tied 7-up in the 11 inning Fernando Tatis Jr. was
the mandatory runner on second base. The Padres lead the Majors with 31 stolen bases. The shortstop stole third without a throw. Next Eric Hosmer lifted a sac fly to centerfield to score the fleet footed Tatis and give San Diego the lead. Tatis was a one-man wrecking crew hitting five home runs in the series.
Dustin ‘Hippe’ May gave up just two hits one run on a solo by Tatis. The 23-year-old right-hander threw 93 pitches, walked just one, in six innings and struck out a career high 10 batters. He became the youngest Dodger to have double-digit strikeouts in a game since Clayton Kershaw in September 2011. He left the game with a 7-1 lead.
The bullpen without Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen and Scott Alexander gave up two-runs in the seventh, eight and ninth inning to tie the game.
Early on Dodger batters made Joe Musgrave work throwing 77 pitches in the first three frames. They had the bases loaded twice against the right hander and scored just two runs going one for seven with four strikeouts.
The Dodgers had 10 hits but left 18 men on base the most all season. It’s the third time this season they have left 14 or more on base.
L.A. bats came to life in the sixth inning when Sheldon Neuse led off with a pinch-hit homer, his second in as many days off Rick Ramirez. Justin turner had a sac fly-then a couple of batters later Chris Taylor launched a three-run homer to give the ‘men in blue’ a six-run lead. The Dodgers have a 15-8 record (at press time).
SPECIAL SALUTE: Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds braved all 422 pitches in the 4:59 minutes game… ADD TATIS: According to Elias Sports Bureau Tatis Jr. is the only player in history to have 40 home runs, 100 RBI’s and 20 stolen bases in his first 162 games. Due to last season pandemic shortened 60 games. Tatis has only played 158 games.