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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Reds Jump All Over Brett Anderson And The Dodgers

The National Anthem was still echoing off the hills in Kentucky when the Reds jumped all over Brett Anderson to rout the Los Angeles Dodgers, 11-1.

Adam Duvall's 28th home run set the tone.

Anderson was making his second start after having surgery in March to repair a bulging disk in his back.  He gave up five runs in his only inning of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

The Reds gave him no pity.  Billy Hamilton singled sharply to center to open the game.  Jose Perraza, who carried a seven game hitting streak with him from Louisville, singled Hamilton to third.  Joey Votto topped a ball the Anderson and firstbaseman Adrian Gonzalez both went for the ball, leaving no one to cover first even if they had come up with the ball cleanly.  Gonzalez gloved it but dropped it.  Votto was credited with a hit.  After missing four games with an injured left foot, Duvall launched his home run into the Reds' bullpen.

Perraza was called up from Louisville while Zack Cozart allows his achilles tendon to heal.

"I feel happy to be back here to contribute to the team winning," Perraza said. "I worked on small details when I went back to Louisville. I put them to work. It was easier playing every day. I had a rhythm."

Perraza hit his first Major League home run in San Diego the day before he was sent to Louisville.

 "Freddy (Benevides) told me I had home runs in two straight games. (He homered in San Diiego the day before he was sent down) I thought about it and it was true."

The Reds starter Brandon Finnegan walked Kike Hernandez in the first inning but retired six of the first seven batters.  He led off the second inning with a double. Perraza singled to score him.

Finnegan walked in the third inning.  Anderson was removed from the game.  Grant Dayton took over. Dayton served up Perraza's second home run of the season to give the Reds a commanding, 7-0 lead.

While Finnegan held Los Angeles hitless through five innings.  All nine Reds in the starting lineup had at least one hit by the fifth inning.  The Reds loaded the bases on singles by Brandon Phillips, Eugenio Suarez and Ramon Cabrera against Josh Fields.  Hamilton walked to force in the eighth run of the game.

 "It is as sharp as I've seen Finnegan," Bryan Price said.. "We got him runs early so he didn't have to be so exact. He was coming out whether it rained or not. The hit just made it easier. He is one of the guys we are concerned about his innings.".

 "I was just worried about making quality pitches," Finnegan said. "I hand command of all three of my pitches tonight."

Adrian Gonzalez broke up the no hitter with a clean single to rightcenter, leading off the seventh.

 "Gonzalez hit it hard but you never know when BP (Brandon Phillips) is around," Finnegan said.. "We had the shift on but he beat it."

Finnegan retired the Dodgers in the seventh without Gonzalez advancing.

Rain halted play in the bottom of the seventh.

 Kenley Jansen had already been warmed up and announced before the rain delay for the Dodgers.  Joe Blanton took the mound at 10:50 when play resumes after 79 minutes.

Jumbo Diaz took over for the Reds in the eighth.  Finnegan finished seven innings allowed one hit and two walks.  He struck out eight.

"I'm not going to tell you what I'd have done if he still had a no hitter. Yeah with 93 pitches we would have probably sent him out," Price said..

Tony Renda doubled in the eighth off J.P Howell and scored when Duvall singled to drive in his fourth run of the game.  Schebler followed with his fourth home run.

The Reds had 12 different hitters come to the plate and 11 of them hit safely.  Only Tyler Holt who had one at bat in the eighth failed to get a hit.

Josh Smith allowed a run in a mop up role.

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