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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dodgers Bombs Teach David Holmberg Hard Lessons Reds Rally Falls Short

David Holmberg has a lot to learn and the Los Angeles Dodgers took him to school in a 7-4 win.

The visitors to Great American Ball Park nicked Holmberg, making the 73rd start by a Reds' rookie this season. Justin Turner, Scott Van Slyke and Kike Hernandez singled to start the scoring.

The fourth inning the hard knock lessons really started. Van Slyke, A.J. Ellis and Yasiel Puig all homered in the five run inning. The home runs by Ellis and Puig came with runners on.

Brett Anderson was stingy on the mound

The Reds managed two hits, singles by Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce in the second. The inning ended when Ellis caught Frazier stealing. Eugenio Suarez walked and that was all the runners that Anderson allowed through 6 2/3 innings.
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Frazier hit his second single with two outs. Chase Utley dropped Bruce's flare for an error. Ivan De Jesus Jr. singled through the hole at short to break the shutout. Brayan Pena dribbled a broken bat single up the middle to plate two runs and send Anderson to the showers. Jim Johnson came on to face rookie Ryan LaMarre, who batted for Pedro Villarreal and struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch.

Villarreal was excellent in his 3 2/3 innings in relief of Holmberg.  He allowed nothing on one hit and a hit batter.

Jason Bourgeois doubled to lead off the eighth for the Reds. Joey Votto walked facing  J.P.Howell. Brandon Phillips singled off Juan Nicasio to close the gap to two runs. Nicasio struck out Frazier then left for Luis Avilan who struck out Bruce for the second straight night.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a run scoring double off Burke Badenhop in the ninth.

The Reds brought the tying run to the plate against Kenley Jansen but he struck out Suarez for his 25th save in 27 chances.

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