John Ely fell victim to the long ball today, giving up three home runs as the Reds beat the Dodgers 7-1 in the series finale at Great American Ballpark. Bronson Arroyo walked six and struck out only one over his seven innings, but managed to induce three different 3-6-1 double plays, and gave up just one run.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth inning, but pinch hitter Manny Ramirez grounded to shortstop on the first pitch.
Chin-Lung Hu made his season debut for the Dodgers, coming in to play shortstop in the bottom of the eighth.
One of the home runs given up by Ely was a three-run shot by Arroyo in the second inning. It was the first three-run home run by a pitcher allowed by a Dodger since Bill Swift took Hideo Nomo deep in Colorado on May 7, 1995. Since 1981, the only other Dodger to allow a three-run homer to a pitcher was Fernando Valenzuela, in 1989 and 1990. It seems fitting since we were swept up in Ely Mania that he be linked, albeit negatively, with the other two Dodger manias of the last 30 years.
There will be plenty of time to worry about what's wrong with Ely, who has given up six home runs in his last three starts. But for now the city of Los Angeles has Boston on its collective mind, and it will be that way through Sunday.
WP - Bronson Arroyo (6-3): 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 6 walks, 1 strikeout
LP - John Ely (3-4): 4 2/3 IP, 8 hits, 7 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts