Dodgers-Reds: Boom Goes the Dynamite as Offense Explodes for 12-3 Win

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Dodgers-Reds: Boom Goes the Dynamite as Offense Explodes for 12-3 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers played the sixth game of a 10-game stint at Dodger Stadium and improved to 4-2 on it when they dismantled the Cincinnati Reds 12-3 on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers (60-34) became the first team in the Majors to reach 60 wins as they jumped all over the Reds (44-49) inning after inning.

They also saw another starter leave the game with an injury, when Manny Ramirez left the game in the bottom of the third inning following being hit by a pitch on his left hand. Fortunately, Manny underwent X-Rays at a local hospital and they came back negative. There was no word as to his status in tomorrow’s game.

Orlando Hudson exited Sunday’s game with a wrist injury but he returned to the lineup healthy tonight.

Manny, who made a few less than stellar defensive plays over the past couple of nights, made an excellent shoestring grab in the third inning on a ball headed toward the gap in left center field.

Randy Wolf quietly pitched a dandy of a game masked behind the explosive offensive night for the Dodgers. Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, and four RBI, and James Loney went 3-for-4 with two RBI to highlight a 12-hit night for the team.

Wolf received a standing ovation from what was an extremely loving crowd that pushed the season attendance at Dodger Stadium past two million. They also gave Juan Pierre a heartfelt ovation when he entered for Manny in the third.

Wolf went 7.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He tossed the second highest amount of pitches (115) this season for him, the only bigger total on July 9 at the New York Mets (118).

He also contributed at the dish going 2-for-3 with an RBI double.

The Blue Crew scored early and often to jump out to a big lead for Wolf against the visiting Reds.

They got the scoring started right away with back-to-back singles to start the game and Ramirez brought both runners home with a rare triple to put LA on top early, 2-0.

The hit could have been a double had the ball not kicked around the left field corner, which gave Manny time to make it to third with no one out in the inning.

Then Reds’ starter Homer Bailey was able to buckle down and retire the next three hitters on ground balls to escape the rally allowing just two runs.

But Bailey didn’t stay out of trouble for long, as Matt Kemp annihilated a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run home run. The shot extended the Dodgers lead to 4-1 and it was Kemp’s 13th home run of the season, good enough for second on the team behind Andre Ethier (19).

In the third, the Boys in Blue kept piling on, but this time they notched five runs in the frame.

After a walk, a hit by pitch, an error, and finally a wild pitch Bailey had handed the Dodgers a run to make it 5-1. Loney then singled home two runs and Furcal added a two-RBI single of his own to give LA a 9-1 lead.

The Furcal hit chased Bailey from the game with an ugly line: 2.2 IP, eight hits, nine runs, two walks, and no strikeouts.

Los Angeles plated three more runs in the fifth when Wolf doubled across a run and Furcal belted a two-run home run. The Dodgers led 12-1 at that point.

Claudio Vargas gave up a long home run to Joey Votto in the ninth. Votto actually picked up a good breaking ball about four inches from the ground and lifted it high into the right field pavilion, but only made it a 12-3 game.

 

 

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WP: Wolf (5-4)

LP: Bailey (1-2)

 

Notes from Tuesday night

 

Making a Mark in the Oughts

The Dodgers pushed their record to 26 games over .500 (60-34) for the first time since 1991, when the club was 92-66.

Tomorrow they attempt to go 27 games over .500; the last time they accomplished that was on the final day of the ’88 season, and the club went on to win the World Series.

 

Ninth Inning Kings

After Jonathan Broxton’s 23rd save of the season last night and the blowout victory tonight, the Dodgers improved to a perfect 48-0 when leading entering the ninth inning.

The Detroit Tigers are second with a 44-0 mark and held off a ninth-inning rally against the Seattle Mariners earlier in the evening.

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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