Trouble was, little about Friday seemed normal to the Dodgers, except perhaps
But after Ramirez hit his two-run homer in the first inning, the Dodgers went quietly, ultimately falling 3-2 to the
The Dodgers entered the day 57-19 when they scored first. They also started the day with a healthy
The Dodgers announced before the game that Kemp had suffered another hamstring injury while rehabbing at their Phoenix training facility and will be shut down indefinitely.
Then during the game, Capuano could not get through the second inning before straining his groin.
The Reds cut the Dodgers’ lead in half in the fourth against
Given that left-handers were hitting .161 against Howell and had not hit a home run off him in 93 at-bats all year, it was understandable he was in there with two outs and facing left-handed hitter
But it was not a normal day, Votto hitting a two-run homer. And that was the ballgame.
Withrow later threw two perfect innings, striking out five, but the Dodgers never again could get to right-hander
Leake, who had posted a 7.22 earned-run average in his last six starts, ended up going 7 2/3 innings, giving up only five hits, not walking a batter and striking out five.
For a Reds team in a tight three-game race in the
The early exit of Capuano doesn't bode well for the Dodgers the rest of the series. The Dodgers ended up using seven pitchers to complete the nine innings.
Paco Rodriguez, who had a 2.01 ERA in 67 appearances, got into trouble in the eighth. He loaded the bases with no outs on a single and a pair of walks. Not normal at all.