Reds offense struggles with their 4th loss in a row

The offensive never really got off the ground for Cincinnati as the Reds lost 3-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. The loss was the 4th in a row and 6th in their last 7 games for the Reds as they fall to 2-6 this season.

final R H E
Cincinnati Red (2-6) 1 5 0
Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2) 3 7 0
W: Anderson (1-0) L: Gutierrez (0-2) SV: Kimberley (2)
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The offensive

Cincinnati ran quietly in the first two innings, but in the top of the 3rd they started to put together a rally. Aramis Garcia and Tyler Naquin were both singles before a 2-out walk by Joey Votto loaded the bases. The rally failed to materialize as Aristides struck Aquino to end the threat.

The top of the 6th inning got off to a scary start when Joey Votto was hit in the helmet by a throw. It caught him on the bill trying to hit the deck, so it could have been a lot worse than it was and he stayed in the game. He was wiped out on the bases in a force out, but back-to-back 2-out singles by Mike Moustakas and Kyle Farmer moved Aristides Aquino around the bases to put the Reds on the board before a strikeout the inning with the Reds finished 3-1.

That was all Cincinnati would get for the rest of the night as they went okay in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings.

The pitch

After fixing the Dodgers in the 1st, Vladimir Gutierrez needed some help getting out of the next inning. The first two batsmen reached base before a 2-out single from Chris Taylor earned the first run for Los Angeles. But a second runner tried to score in the game and was thrown to the plate by Aristides Aquino to end the inning. The Dodgers added another run in the 3rd with a Trea Turner RBI triple. They would add another run in the 5th, although things could have been a lot worse as Gutierrez allowed Gavin Lux a three, hit Mookie Betts and then joined Freddie Freeman to load bases to start the inning before he was replaced by Jeff Hoffman. He would go for a run-in but limited the damage to just that as the Dodgers went 3-0 up.

Dauri Moreta celebrated his birthday with two strikeouts in a scoreless 6th inning to keep the score 3-1. Fellow rookie Alexis Diaz took over in the 7th and worked around a single for a shutout inning to keep the two-run deficit for Cincinnati. Ryan Hendrix worked around a single and a walk with a little help from Aramis Garcia, who knocked out Cody Bellinger on an attempted steal in a scoreless 8th-place floor, giving the Reds one last chance to get runs on that to bring the board and prolong the game. They could not.

Notes worth mentioning

The game ended at 1:28 am on the east coast.

Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, April 16 at 10:10 p.m. ET

Hunter Greene (1-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Luis Urias (0-1, 13.50 ERA)

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