What began as a sleepy Monday night at Dodger Stadium ended with a bang, and the Dodgers’ second extra-innings loss in as many nights. This one was 5-3 to the Reds, thanks to a Jesse Winker home run to lead off the 10th inning.
It was the first home run of the year allowed by Jansen, and the second home run Jansen has ever allowed on a two-seam fastball, per Brooks Baseball.
The Dodgers offense looked quite similar to most of the games of the previous nine days, trailing by two runs with two outs in the seventh inning, with Austin Barnes on first base. The Reds brought in southpaw Amir Garrett to face the left-handed Corey Seager, who hit his second pitch over the center field wall to tie the game and briefly wake up the Dodger Stadium crowd.
The bulk of the damage against Julio Urías was done in the fourth, thanks to a single by Winker and a double by Nick Castellanos to lead off the inning. Urías needed 30 pitches to get through the frame, with a pair of runs scoring on outs, the first one on a ground ball and a fly out to left field.
Two days after the first run against the Dodgers was scored by a player who covered one eye while running the bases, the first run scored against the Dodgers on Monday was by a Winker.
Castellanos was in the middle of another Reds rally in the fifth, singling home old friend Kyle Farmer, who was hit by a Urías pitch to lead off the inning. Cincinnati’s last two runs off Urías came on balls hit to left field, and the Reds were more than comfortable in testing Luke Raley’s arm.
Trailing 3-1 with his spot in the batting order due up first in the bottom of the fifth, it was a no-brainer to pull Urías after five innings, his shortest outing of the season, having thrown 87 pitches.
Though Urías left trailing, Seager’s home run took him off the hook for what could have been his first loss since Game 4 of the 2019 NLDS.
The Dodgers offense bunch their baserunners together against Reds starter Tyler Mahle, but he escaped his three jams mostly unscathed. Will Smith grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the first, then Mahle struck out Edwin Ríos — now 4-for-42 (.095) on the season — to end the fourth, and fanned Max Muncy to end the fifth.
Mahle only allowed one hit in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. That was a Gavin Lux single in the fourth inning to drive in a run in his first game back.
- Muncy walked twice Monday night, and has walked nine times in his last 14 plate appearances. His 23 walks on the season lead the majors, contributing to his .457 on-base percentage that ranks second in the National League, behind only the Mets’ Brandon Nimmo (.477).
- Muncy, Raley, and Ríos were hit by pitches Monday, the sixth time in the last eight games the Dodgers have been hit by multiple pitches. Los Angeles’ 21 hit by pitches lead the majors.
- Mitch White, called up earlier Monday, made his 2021 debut with 1⅔ scoreless innings, working around two walks and a single.
- Tejay Antone pitched three scoreless innings in relief for the Reds, earning his first major league win.
- The Dodgers are now tied for first place in the NL West with San Francisco.
- With six losses in their last eight games, and averaging just 2.89 runs in the last nine games, Dave Roberts remained confident in his team. “I know we’re better than we’re performing right now. Every offense goes through these kind of lulls,” he said. “We’re going to be fine. We’ve got a lot of talent.”
Home runs: Corey Seager (4); Jesse Winker (5)
WP — Tejay Antone (1-0): 3 IP, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
LP — Kenley Jansen (0-1): 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 runs (1 earned), 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Walker Buehler starts for the Dodgers on Tuesday night (7:10 p.m.; SportsNet LA, MLB Network), with former Rockies right-hander Jeff Hoffman and his 2.66 ERA starting for Cincinnati.
Trevor Bauer, who pitched for the Reds last season, will be presented his 2020 National League Cy Young Award before the game.