LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have a .400 percentage associated with them right but unfortunately that is their winning percentage. After today’s 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers are 16-24 and have now lost series to the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and the Reds.
The last time the Reds swept a four-game series at Dodger Stadium was back in 1976.
Luis Castillo went six plus innings, giving up three runs and four hits. Castillo struck out eight and walked no one. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth to record his seventh save.
Rich Hill started and had given up three runs before leaving the game after pitching 5⅔ innings. It was reported later that the blister on one of Hill’s fingers was starting to flare up and he was removed as a precautionary measure.
“It will be fine for Saturday [against the Nationals next weekend], I think it will be okay,” said Hill, “it was the second to last hitter there and I could feel it just starting to get a little bit aggravated so it wasn’t worth having it completely blow up and have to go back on the DL for it.”
Pat Venditte came in for the injured HIll and he gave up a single to Alex Blandino and then a home run to Joey Votto that made it a 5-1 game.
The Reds scored first when Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer in the top of the third inning. In the bottom part of that inning, Yasiel Puig hit his first home run of the season that temporarily halved the deficit. A squeeze bunt brought in the third run for the Reds in the fourth inning.
Yasmani Grandal led off the seventh with a solo home run. Bellinger singled and after Castillo was replaced, Kemp had an infield single and when Peraza tried to get Bellinger, the ball got away and he went to third.
Chris Taylor grounded out to second scored Bellinger but then the Dodgers left Kemp on second as the next two batters made out.
The Dodgers will head to the Eastern timezone for the first time season as they fly to Miami tomorrow and will start a three-game series against the Marlins on Tuesday.
Home runs: Eugenio Suárez (6); Yasiel Puig (1); Joey Votto (6); Yasmani Grandal (6)
WP - Luis Castillo (3-4): 6 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 8 strikeouts
LP - Rich Hill (1-2): 5⅔ IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts
Sv - Raisel Iglesias (7): 1 IP, zeros