Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Reds 1
June, 10, 2014
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
CINCINNATI -- It is possible to buy a ticket and watch the Dodgers team you thought you'd see this season. It's just going to cost you a plane ticket, a hotel room and an umbrella.
The Dodgers continued to perk up when they hit the road with a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night that was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 5 minutes. The Dodgers get rained on constantly when they leave sunny Southern California, but it doesn't matter. They have won eight of their past 11 road games, and they still haven't had a winning homestand this season.
How it happened: Josh Beckett pitched six innings without giving up a run, and the Dodgers continued to look like a different team on the road, one that is capable of scoring runs. They kept up the offensive pressure all evening, with Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier all coming up with clutch hits.
Hits: When an 84 mph changeup hit Zack Cozart in the head in the fifth inning, Beckett immediately looked horrified. He cringed when the ball slipped out of his hand and he squatted near the mound as he peered in to see whether Cozart was going to be OK. Cozart was, and he even took first base, meaning Beckett could enjoy another step in his remarkable late-career renaissance without feeling guilty. Beckett has had quality starts in six of his past nine outings, including a no-hitter. This was better than quality. Beckett cruised, giving up only two hits and striking out seven.
Misses: Paul Maholm has been a lot better in relief than he was as a starter this season. In fact, going into Tuesday all six of his innings had been scoreless since he lost his rotation spot to Hyun-Jin Ryu. But his role is now marginal, and Maholm looked rusty making his second appearance since May 30. Maholm faced four batters, and three of them got hits.
Stat of the game: There is some debate about whether it can be said that Yasiel Puig has reached base safely in 40 straight games, since in one of those games he got on only because of an error. But the Dodgers continue to sell the stat, so we'll go with it for now. We can safely say he has been a baserunner in 40 straight games, and that's pretty good.
Up next: If the Dodgers win Wednesday, they would have their first four-game winning streak of 2014. They'll have to get by Johnny Cueto and his 1.97 ERA, but the good news is Ryu will take the mound for them and he is 5-0 with a 0.95 ERA in six road starts. Ryu has dominated the Reds both times he has faced them, going 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA. The game starts at 4:10 p.m., though more rain is in the forecast.