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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Dodgers U-Turn Led By Chase Utley and Jose Urias

Chase Utley and Jose Urias led the Dodgers on a U-turn in the four game series with a 4-0 win.

The Dodgers sent young Urias, 20-years old, against a Reds' squad that scored 20 runs in the first two games of the series.

His task was tougher facing what has become the Reds' ace Anthony DeSclafani is 7-1 on the season.

The veteran Utley opened the game with his11th home run. Utley singled in a run in the third and scored on a single by Corey Seager.

 "I tried attacking," DeSclafani said.. "I'd like to have that pitch back in the first inning."

DeSclafani gave up a single ro Adrian Gonzalez leading off the sixth.  Yasmani Grandal doubled off the leftfield fence just out of the reach of  Adam Duvall.. Joc Pederson's sacrifice fly produced the Dodgers' fourth run.

 "In the third I got behind guys," DeSclafani said.."I just didn't make good pitches when I had to. I have to get better at that. This wasn't good enough. It was a grind. I tried to compete and keep the bullpen out of it."

Urias allowed two hits in three of his six innings but he didn't make things tougher on himself. He allowed six singles and no walks.  The Reds were unable to get the key hit they needed.

 "Urias was good today," Bryan Price said.. "He was better than I expected. He got the breaking ball over early. I stacked the lineup with right-handers and he was able to get it in on them. We didn't square a lot of balls up today. We were on a prodigious run lately."

Joe Blanton replaced Urias to start the seventh.  Eugenio Suarez doubled to leadoff the seventh, his second hit of the day.  He went to third on a passed ball but Ivan De Jesus Jr. bounced to the pitcher and Scott Schebler struck out.  Tucker Barnhart walked.  Joey Votto getting his first day off since June pinch hit for DeSclafani but Blanton caught him looking at strike three.

"DeSco threw the ball well for all intense and purpose," Price said.. "He got us through the seventh. He's not going to fall apart on us. It's part of the responsibility of a starting pitcher. When you have guys that fall apart when they give up runs early, if affects the bullpen."

Pedro Baez allowed an infield hit to Peraza but got Brandon Phillips to hit into a double play in the eighth.

Tony Cingrani started the eighth for the Reds. Ohlendorf pitched the ninth.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.

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