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Friday, June 16, 2017

Alex Wood Shutsdown Reds For Seventh Straight Loss

The Los Angeles Dodgers have worn out the Reds since 2015.  The bitter rival from the Big Red Machine era has turn into Dodger supremacy.

The Dodgers own a lopsided 14-3 record since 2015, an .824 winning percentage coming into the game and Alex Wood shutdown the Reds, 3-1.  Cincinnati lost for the seventh straight game.

The Reds frustration continued Friday night after dropping six straight games on a West Coast trip including a walk-off 5-4 loss to the Dodgers last Saturday and giving up a 7-3 lead in the eighth inning on Sunday.

Joc Pederson hit his third home run of the season off Tim Adleman, the victim of Sunday’s blown save.  The ball leaked into the first two rows of the rightfield bleachers.

After the Reds squandered a leadoff double in the second inning by Eugenio Suarez, the Dodgers added another run aided by a walk with two outs and two singles.  A great relay by Adam Duvall and Suarez cut down the third run at the plate to end the inning.

Adleman wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth when he walked Dodger starter Wood and hit Chase Utley with Pederson on base with a double.  Corey Seager, who hit a grand slam home run against Raisell Iglesias on Sunday flied out to Billy Hamilton to allow Adleman to escape.

Wood, who won six straight decisions, escape a jam with runners on first and second by getting Devin Mesoraco on a double play ball back to the mound.

Adleman has now pitched at least six innings in four of his last five starts.  He pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

The Dodgers added a run in the eighth against Drew Storen.  Storen walked Pederson and Yasiel Puig with two outs.  Wood hit a squibbed a grounder right down the line to score Pederson.

Devin Mesoraco hit his sixth home run off Wood, who turned the game over to Kenley Jansen, looking for his 14th save.

Jansen nearly hit Hamilton with a pitch, trying to bunt.  Hamilton was hit with a foul ball but hit a ground rule double to lead off the ninth.  Zack Cozart, who sat out three game, came up as the tying run.  Cozart struck out but turned the role over to Joey Votto.  Votto struck out.  Adam Duvall had the game resting in his hands. Jansen got two quick strikes.  Duvall went down swinging.

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