Dodgers 4 Reds 3
Joc Pederson crushed a Raisel Iglesias hanging slider for a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th as the Dodgers stunned the Reds 4-3 Monday night.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the 9th inning, the Reds took the lead and were poised for a huge win to open the series. Curt Casali doubled leading off vs LA closer Kenley Jansen. Matt Kemp hit a soft liner through the right side with two outs to score Casali and give the Reds a 3-2 lead.
But Raisel Iglesias walked leadoff batter David Freese to start the 9th inning trouble and never could right things as Pederson followed with the deciding blow.
The Reds closer drops to 0-3 on the season with an ERA at 6.75. The Reds drop to 5-10 on the season....0-5 on the road.
The night set up as a homecoming story. Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Kyle Farmer all received loud pregame ovations in their return to Dodger Stadium.
Puig and Kemp drove in all three runs for the Reds.
The Reds struck first on the night. Puig jacked a two-run first inning homer vs Clayton Kershaw to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.
Luis Castillo struggled with his command, walking five batters, but battled. He walked in the tying run in the 5th inning: 5 IN, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 7 K, 98 pitches/57 strikes.
Michael Lorenzen pinch-hit for Castillo in the 6th inning and struck out. Lorenzen took the mound in the 6th inning and retired the leadoff batter. But Kershaw reached on a Kyle Farmer error to end his night.
Wandy Peralta replaced Lorenzen and got the final two outs in the 6th inning.
Robert Stephenson tossed a perfect 7th and 8th inning with two strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 0.96. He needed just 22 pitches, throwing 13 strikes.
Stephenson looks like a pitcher that now believes he can get ML hitters out on a regular basis.....and looks comfortable doing it from the bullpen.
Kershaw made his season debut and was excellent after the 1st inning: 7 IN, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 84 pitches/57 strikes.
David Bell loaded up the Reds lineup with RH batters vs the LH Kershaw Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Joey Votto and Jesse Winker sat to begin the night and Casali hit leadoff, the first Reds catcher to do so since 1900.
Votto pinch-hit in the 8th inning and struck out. Winker pinch-hit in the 9th and struck out.
Castillo was thrown out at 1st base by right fielder Cody Bellinger on a ball hit to right.
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