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Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio Attendance: 21,989
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers eye season sweep of lowly Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds
- The Dodgers have won the last six meetings with the Reds, their longest winning streak in the series since reeling off eight straight victories over the 2016-2017 seasons. At 37-24, they own the second-best winning percentage (.607, 37-24) at Great American Ball Park by a NL opponent (Mets, .632).
- Tony Gonsolin is trying to become the first Dodger to win his first nine decisions of the season since Alex Wood went 11-0 to open the 2017 campaign. He's 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA and a major league-leading .127 opponents' batting average since May 22.
- Trea Turner is 16-for-49 (.327) with four homers during a 12-game hitting streak and has a .412/.444/.706 slash line with four RBI in four games against the Reds this season.
- The Reds have dropped five in a row at Great American Ball Park, their longest home losing streak since losing five straight in April-May 2018. The club's longest single-season home losing streak since the stadium opened in 2003 is eight.
- Mike Moustakas has hit safely in all six games (.333, 7-for-21) since coming off the injured list on June 13. But he's 6-for-40 (.150) with no extra-base hits and 14 strikeouts in his last 12 games against the Dodgers.
- Tyler Mahle has pitched at least six innings in four consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He ranks fourth in the NL with a .165 opponents' batting average and fifth with a 1.30 ERA during that stretch.
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The visiting Los Angeles Dodgers aim for a rare seven-game season series sweep Thursday afternoon when they play the Cincinnati Reds.
The Dodgers have dominated the Reds in every way since the start of the 2019 season, winning 14 of 18 meetings between the two clubs and winning all six games this season by a combined score of 42-13.
The Reds have lost six straight, including all five on their six-game homestand that concludes Thursday.
The Dodgers send veteran lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.08 ERA) to the mound in the matinee finale to the three-game series.
Kershaw recorded a no decision in his last start, against Cleveland, allowing one run and striking out four over five innings in a 2-1 loss to the Guardians.
In 13 career starts against Cincinnati, Kershaw is 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Kershaw has fanned exactly 100 batters and walked 23 in his career against the Reds.
The Reds counter with 22-year-old rookie Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26). The right-hander will make his 14th major league start this season. Thursday marks his second start against his hometown Dodgers.
In his second major league start on April 16, the right-hander took the loss at Dodger Stadium in a 5-2 Cincinnati setback, allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Trea Turner went 0-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday to see his 13-game hitting streak come to an end. The streak had been the longest such streak in the majors.
After dealing with a rash of injuries to their bullpen over the weekend, the Reds received some good news concerning one of their regular outfielders.
Manager David Bell said outfielder Tyler Naquin is making unexpectedly quick progress from a quad injury.
"He's way ahead of schedule," Bell said. "For a grade two quad strain, it's (usually) 4-to-6 weeks, he has a chance to be way ahead of that."
After injuring his quad at the end of May, Naquin is now taking batting practice and tracking fly balls in the outfield.
"Swinging and throwing is not an issue," Naquin said. "It's more about full-speed running, cutting, stopping and starting. It seems to be going well with what we're doing so far."
On May 29 against San Francisco, Naquin slipped out of the batter's box and then two days later in Boston, Naquin routinely jogged out of the box after making contact but had to limp to first base.
Freddie Freeman continues to be a thorn in the side of the Reds and their pitching staff. His home run to right-center proved to be the game-winner in Wednesday's 8-4 Los Angeles win. He has seven RBIs in the first two games.
With runners on base this season, Freeman came into Tuesday's game hitting .371 with 18 extra-base hits and just 12 strikeouts. On Tuesday, the five-time All-Star went 3-for-3 with runners on base, while his lone out came with the bases empty as the second batter of the game.
On Wednesday, with one out and a runner on third, Freeman singled to center field against Reds ace Luis Castillo, giving him four hits in his first four at-bats of the series with runners on.
"I think those premier middle-of-the-order guys, their DNA is to really, really lock in with guys in scoring position," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "There's just that extra layer of finding a way of putting the ball in play, and those numbers don't lie. He's elite at that and has been his entire career."
-Field Level Media
Updated June 23, 2022