Recap: Bullpen falters again as Dodgers blow five-run lead and lose to Reds, 9-8

Freddie Freeman heads home to score on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Martinez in the first inning.
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Freddie Freeman’s grand slam gave Dodgers an 8-3 lead, but they didn’t hold on to it as Cincinnati rallies to win first game of series.

Reds rally to defeat the Dodgers, 9-8

Ninth inning

Dodgers: Right-hander Eduardo Salazar now pitching for the Reds. Freddie Freeman struck out swinging. Will Smith grounded to third. Chris Taylor struck out swinging.

Reds: Caleb Ferguson now pitching for the Dodgers. Spencer Steer walked. Tyler Stephenson singled to right, Steer to third. T.J. Hopkins ran for Stephenson. Kevin Newman fouled to first. The wind kept that from going into the stands. And it’s raining here in the ninth. Stuart Fairchild walked, loading the bases with one out. Curt Casali walked, scoring Steer. Bases loaded, one out, Dodgers lead by one. Jake Fraley was hit by a pitch. We’re tied, 8-8. Right-hander Shelby Miller now pitching for the Dodgers. Matt McLain singled to center. Ballgame.

Final score: Reds 9, Dodgers 8


We go to the ninth, 8-6 Dodgers

Eighth inning

Dodgers: Right-hander Ian Gibaut, who was with the Dodgers for a couple of days last season but never played for the team, not pitching for the Reds. Jason Heyward popped to short. Miguel Vargas singled to right. Miguel Rojas struck out looking. Mookie Betts struck out looking.

Reds: Evan Phillips now pitching for the Dodgers. Matt McLain grounded to first. Jonathan India grounded to third. Elly De La Cruz struck out swinging.

Score after eight: Dodgers 8, Reds 6


It’s Dodgers 8, Reds 6 after seven innings

Seventh inning

Dodgers: Max Muncy struck out swinging. J.D. Martinez grounded to first. David Peralta stuck out swinging.

Reds: Brusdar Graterol now pitching for the Dodgers. Spencer Steer singled to right. Tyler Stephenson singled to right, Steer to second. Kevin Newman grounded into a 3-6-1 double play. Beautiful play. Graterol hustled to first and made a nice stretch to catch a hard throw from Rojas. Stuart Fairchild hit a grounder into the hole in short and beat the throw for a single, Steer scoring. Will Benson, batting for Luke Maile, singled off the wall in right. It was hit so hard Betts fielded it immediately. Jake Fraley grounded to second.

Score after seven: Dodgers 8, Reds 6


Reds close to 8-5 after six innings

Sixth inning

Dodgers: Miguel Vargas walked. Miguel Rojas flied to right. Vargas stole second. Mookie Betts walked. Right-hander Fernando Cruz now pitching for the Reds. Freddie Freeman grounded to short, forcing Betts. It was originally called a double play but was overturned on appeal. Will Smith flied to center.

Reds: Yency Almonte now pitching for the Dodgers. Stuart Fairchild walked. Luke Maile grounded to second. Vargas tagged the runner and threw to first for a double play. Jake Fraley singled to center. Matt McLain singled to center, Fraley took third. Heyward had him thrown out at third, but Muncy couldn’t handle the throw. Another error on Muncy and McLain took second on the error. Second and third, two out. Jonathan India hit a slow bouncer to third. There was no play to be made. Fraley scored. Elly De La Cruz grounded to second.

Score after six: Dodgers 8, Reds 5


It’s 8-4 Dodgers after five innings

Fifth inning

Dodgers: J.D. Martinez grounded to short. David Peralta grounded to second. Jason Heyward fouled to third.

Reds: Matt McLain struck out swinging. Jonathan India singled to left. Elly De La Cruz walked. Spencer Steer flied to left. Reds manager David Bell was ejected from the game for arguing strike calls. In Bell’s defense, the home plate umpire has being calling strikes on balls that we a good six inches off the plate. Tyler Stephenson grounded to third. Muncy threw the ball away for an error, India scoring. Freeman would have to have bee 8 feet tall to caught that. Kevin Newman flied to center.

Score after five: Dodgers 8, Reds 4


Freddie Freeman’s grand slam gives Dodgers an 8-3 lead

Fourth inning

Dodgers: J.D. Martinez homered to left. David Peralta lined to left. Jason Heyward singled to left. Miguel Vargas struck out swinging. Miguel Rojas singled to right-center, Heyward to third. Mookie Betts walked, loading the bases with two out. Left-hander Alex Young is now pitching for the Reds. Freddie Freeman hit a grand slam to right-center. Will Smith walked. Max Muncy popped to second.

Reds: Stuart Fairchild struck out looking. Luke Maile fouled to first. Jake Fraley struck out swinging.

Score after four: Dodgers 8, Reds 3


Still 3-3 after three

Third inning

Dodgers: Freddie Freeman flied to center. Will Smith struck out swinging. Max Muncy struck out looking.

Reds: Jonathan India fouled to first. Elly De La Cruz doubled to center. Spencer Steer walked. Tyler Stephenson struck out swinging. Kevin Newman lined to center.

Score after three: Dodgers 3, Reds 3


It’s 3-3 after two innings

Second inning

Dodgers: Miguel Vargas grounded to short. Miguel Rojas grounded to short. Mookie Betts flied to center.

Reds: Luke Maile struck out swinging. Luke Fraley popped to third. Matt McLain grounded to third.

Score after two: Dodgers 3, Reds 3


Busy first inning ends in a 3-3 tie

First inning

Dodgers: Mookie Betts singled. Freddie Freeman walked. Will Smith struck out swinging. Max Muncy doubled to right, scoring Betts, Freeman to third. J.D. Martinez flied to right, scoring Freeman, Muncy to third. David Peralta singled to center, scoring Muncy. Jason Heyward lined to short.

Reds: Jake Fraley singled to center. Matt McLain singled to left, Fraley to second. Jonathan India flied to right, Fraley to third. Elly De La Cruz, making his major league debut, walked, loading the bases. Spencer Steer was hit by a pitch, scoring Fraley, bases remain loaded, one out. Tyler Stephenson singled to center, scoring McLain and De La Cruz, Steer to third. It’s 3-3. Kevin Newman fouled to first. Stuart Fairchild grounded to third.

Score after one: Dodgers 3, Reds 3


Julio Urías throws to hitters, on track to start Sunday in Philadelphia

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning.
Julio Urías
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CINCINNATI — Julio Urías’ return date from a hamstring strain is set.

After throwing two innings of live batting practice to hitters Tuesday afternoon, then two more innings in the bullpen, Urías is on track to start the Dodgers game Sunday in Philadelphia against the Phillies.

It would mark his first start in almost a month after going on the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

“We feel confident he’ll make his start on Sunday,” manager Dave Roberts said. “That’s a positive.”

Who Urías will replace in the Dodgers current rotation is unclear. Noah Syndergaard seems like the likeliest candidate, given his season-long struggles and 6.54 ERA. The club also has a pair of rookies currently starting games in Bobby Miller and Michael Grove.

“Once we get through this series and Julio comes back, we’ll try to figure out what we do,” Roberts said.

One option Roberts eliminated was using a six-man rotation, especially with the team having at least one off day for the next three weeks.

Nick Robertson called up

The Dodgers freshened up their bullpen Tuesday, calling up 24-year-old right-hander Nick Robertson for the first time in his career.

Reliever Tayler Scott was optioned in a corresponding move.


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