Dodgers outslug Reds, complete sweep

first_imgUtley raised the stakes by drawing another full count, then walking on Iglesias’ sixth pitch. Grandal jogged home from third base and the Dodgers trailed 7-5.“A lot of our guys, we can slug,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “but there is a time when you have an elite pitcher, you have to really continue to compete but make an adjustment and really bear down to have a two-strike approach. Kiké right there, he stayed within himself that entire at-bat, spoiled a lot of good pitches, competed, and 13 pitches later he’s at first base and giving Chase (Utley) an opportunity to extend the inning.”Seager did not wait long to finish the rally. He crushed the first pitch he saw to center field for a grand slam. He had never hit a grand slam in a major league game or collected the game-winning hit in his team’s final at-bat ever — at least that he could remember. In the span of less than 24 hours, Seager did both.Kenley Jansen quickly warmed up, then pitched a perfect ninth for his 200th career save.“We can slug as well as anybody,” Roberts said, “but in that inning right there, the ability to win pitches, win 90 feet … it was great team offense.”Four of the Dodgers’ 10 hits were home runs. In addition to Bellinger’s two home runs and Seager’s grand slam, Utley hit a pitch over the center-field fence and off the glove of Billy Hamilton for his fourth home run of the season. Utley also walked three times.The Reds hit four home runs as well. According to Stats LLC, it was the second game in Dodger Stadium history to feature at least four home runs by both teams.Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed four runs in four innings. The left-hander allowed six hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out five. Neither he nor Reds starter Tim Adleman (five innings, three runs) factored into the decision.Ryu pitched a perfect first inning. The first pitch he threw in the second inning, an 89-mph fastball to Adam Duvall, landed over the fence for a home run. A single by Eugenio Suarez, followed by a home run by Scott Schebler, gave the Reds a sudden 3-0 lead.Schebler, the former Dodgers outfielder, briefly moved into the National League lead with 18 home runs.Bellinger answered in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run blast to right field. Joey Votto answered with a solo home run in the third inning, his 18th of the year, tying Schebler for the league lead.A two-run home run by Devin Mesoraco against Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling gave the Reds a 7-3 lead in the sixth inning.The game ended when Eugenio Suarez flied out to center field against Jansen. The center fielder, Chris Taylor, accidentally flipped the ball into the stands — the final out of Jansen’s 200th save temporarily lost among the announced crowd of 42,674.“I really wanted the ball, but at the same time I don’t care,” Jansen said. “It was a little disappointing but … at the end of the day we won the ballgame.”The other casualty of this game was Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was forced to leave after six innings because of pain in his back. Gonzalez has been dealing with a herniated disk between his L4 and L5 vertebrae all season.Gonzalez said he might get an MRI on Monday. The Dodgers are scheduled to begin a trip in Cleveland on Tuesday, and Roberts hinted that Joc Pederson could be summoned from his minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City in case Gonzalez needs to go on the disabled list.Gonzalez said the MRI would help “to see if it’s gotten any worse, see what options I have moving forward.”Removing Gonzalez paid immediate dividends for the Dodgers. Hernandez entered the game when Gonzalez left. One inning later, he delivered the 13-pitch walk against Iglesias. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds combined to hit eight home runs Sunday.The last one carried the day.Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager capped a brilliant weekend with a grand slam against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias in the eighth inning of a 9-7 victory at Dodger Stadium. That clinched the Dodgers’ three-game sweep of the Reds, their fourth straight win overall.A day earlier, Seager walked off the Reds by hitting a two-run double in the Dodgers’ final at-bat.center_img “It was a changeup,” Seager said of Iglesias’ pitch. “I was just trying to look for something out over the plate up, really not trying to do too much. Not trying to drive in everybody — just sac fly, base hit, score one, move-it-to-the-next-guy kind of mentality.”Seager failed in that regard. The next guy, Justin Turner, batted with the bases empty and struck out. But the move-it-to-the-next-guy approach served the Dodgers well in the eighth inning, when they scored six runs to turn a 7-3 deficit into a 9-7 advantage.The inning began with a solo home run by Cody Bellinger — his second of the day — against reliever Austin Brice. Brice allowed a single to Yasmani Grandal before Reds manager Bryan Price called upon Iglesias, his closer, to get a rare five-out save.Yasiel Puig was the first batter. He took four straight pitches out of the strike zone for a walk.Kiké Hernandez was next. He fouled off a total of eight pitches during a 13-pitch plate appearance. Iglesias’ final pitch was called a ball, loading the bases for Chase Utley.last_img read more