Dodgers tee off on Reds; Gonzalez Blasts 3 HRs

The Los Angeles Dodgers (69-55) were hitting homer runs all over Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzales had a fantastic day, smashing three home runs. Corey Seager also had a terrific day at the plate going 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

The Dodgers overall hit eight home runs as a team and trampled the Cincinnati Reds (53-71) 18-9 in a Monday afternoon slugfest. Five different players went yard for Los Angeles as the Reds used six pitchers. The Dodgers finished with 21 hits.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 3-for-6 in the loss but was just a home run shy of the cycle. He had four of their nine runs batted in. The Reds hit no home runs on the day. Outfielders Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler both contributed two RBIs.

The day really belonged to the 34-year old slugger Adrian Gonzalez who went 3-for-6 with eight runs batted in. He crushed a three-run shot to right field in the top of the first off Homer Bailey of the Reds. Bailey had a really really rough outing earning his second loss of the season. He only pitched 2.1 innings lets up nine hits on six runs and walked one. His ERA (earned run average) is now at 5.73.

Gonzalez then homered in the fifth inning to left field off of reliever Josh Smith that made it a 9-5 game. He then polished it off with a two-run homer off Blake Wood in the seventh inning giving Gonzalez 15 home runs along with 70 RBIs on the season.  He has been en Fuego the last seven games with five homers and 14 RBIs. Wood was the fourth reliever called in from the Reds bullpen.

Let’s not forgot about the day Corey Seager had. He hit his 22nd home run of the year off Smith in the fifth inning where they scored six runs. He also had three singles as he was a vital contributor to the victory. Rob Segedin, the 27-year old third baseman hit his first home run of the year off Smith as well. Smith let up three home runs on the afternoon along with five runs on five hits. Also, the Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal blasted his 21st homer off Wood in the seventh inning giving them a commanding 16-6 lead.

The 14-year left-handed veteran Scott Kazmir got the start for the Dodgers but earned the no-decision. He had a similar outing to Bailey as he pitched just 2.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and allowed three walks and one strikeout. His ERA is now at 4.59.

Earning the win was the reliever, Jesse Chavez, who got his second victory of the year. He only pitched 1.1 innings but need credit the Dodgers high octane offense because of it. He gave up two hits and on one run and struck out one. His ERA is at 4.50 for the campaign with Los Angeles.

Los Angeles now claims first place in the National League West as they lead by a game over the San Francisco Giants (68-56). The Reds chances of the playoffs are pretty dim as they stand at the bottom of the National League Central at 53-71. They are 25.4 games behind the first place Chicago Cubs (78-45).

About James Ferchland

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