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Dodgers reliant on young trio for May offense

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The Dodgers try for a fourth time to win a fourth straight game this season, with a chance to sweep away the Reds on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Wednesday also marks the end of the line of the Dodgers' stretch of 20 games in 20 days, during which they are 10-9.

Trayce Thompson has made the most of increased playing time of late, starting 12 of the first 19 games during this stretch, hitting .318 (17-for-44) with five home runs, seven walks, 11 runs scored and 10 RBI during this stretch.

Corey Seager has played all 19 games during this stretch, including 18 starts, and is hitting .291/.341/.544 during this stretch, with five home runs, five doubles, five walks, 13 runs scored and 10 RBI.

Thompson and Seager are the first pair of rookies in Dodgers franchise history with five home runs in the same month, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Add in second-year man Joc Pederson, and you have the trio of roommates that is driving the Dodgers offense of late. Pederson has played 18 and started 16 of the 19 games in this stretch, hitting .241/.352/.534 with five doubles, four home runs, nine walks, 10 RBI and nine runs scored.

The trio of Thompson, Seager and Pederson is hitting .282/.364/.589 with 16 home runs, 14 doubles and 37 RBI in 229 plate appearances in May.

The rest of the non-pitchers on the Dodgers this month are hitting .230/.297/.327 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles, one triple and 49 RBI in 583 plate appearances.

Scott Kazmir takes the mound for the Dodgers on Wednesday night, but one thing to note is his performance at the plate. He has been dealing with a sore thumb since the end of spring training that has limited his ability to swing the bat. It flared up again in late April

Kazmir grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat of the season, on April 5, but since then every plate appearance his resulted in either a strikeout or a bunt. He is 1-for-14 on the season with 10 strikeouts and three sacrifices. His last 10 plate appearances include two sacrifice bunts, two more bunt ground outs, a bunt single, three strikeouts either by missed or foul bunt, and a strikeout looking.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA