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  W: T. Gonsolin (9-0)   L: T. Mahle (2-6)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, June 21, 2022
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 18,476

No guarantees in late innings when Dodgers, Reds meet

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/21/2022 thru 6/23/2022

Two teams with bullpen issues meet when the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers enter the series in first place in the National League West despite losing two of three at home over the weekend to the Cleveland Guardians and five of eight overall. The Reds were just swept by the division rival Milwaukee Brewers and have dropped eight of 11.

Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel, acquired in April to account for the free-agent loss of Kenley Jansen to the Atlanta Braves, has struggled while posting a 7.00 ERA over his last nine appearances, including two runs in the ninth inning to absorb the loss Sunday.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that he's sticking with Kimbrel as closer, despite options including Daniel Hudson, Evan Phillips and Brusdar Graterol.

"I think we're a ways from that point," Roberts said of a change away from Kimbrel, who has 12 saves in 13 chances. "Obviously, we've used Hudson, Phillips and Graterol in different roles. But as far as specifically the closer, Craig is our closer."

The two runs Sunday raised Kimbrel's ERA to 4.71, while dropping his record to 0-3.

The Reds' bullpen issues aren't limited to one pitcher. The group is ranked last in baseball with a 5.06 ERA and second to last in walks allowed (127). One of the few bright spots had been Alexis Díaz, with a 2.40 ERA in 30 innings.

The rookie also leads the Cincinnati bullpen with 36 strikeouts in a team-leading 27 appearances. But just before Sunday's game, Diaz hit the injured list with right biceps tendinitis, joining Tony Santillan, Lucas Sims, Daniel Duarte, Tejay Antone, and lefty Justin Wilson as injured relievers.

"It's something that we've been dealing with the whole season," Reds manager David Bell said. "We take great interest in keeping our guys healthy, so it's disappointing. The positive side of this is that Díaz is going to be back.

"I'm very hopeful that he'll be back 12 days from now when he can be. It's not a bad little reset for him. He's got some tendinitis in there."

The Dodgers send their top-performing starter to the mound in right-hander Tony Gonsolin (8-0, 1.42 ERA) in the opener of a nine-game, three-city road trip. Gonsolin, making his 13th start, leads the major leagues in ERA and is tied with teammate Tyler Anderson for most wins in the National League.

Gonsolin has two appearances (one start) against the Reds with a 4.26 ERA over 6 1/3 innings. The start came April 15 at home when he went four scoreless outings in his second outing of the season.

The Reds counter with Los Angeles-area native Tyler Mahle (2-5, 4.46). In his most recent start last Tuesday at Arizona, the right-hander became the first major league pitcher since 1900 to fail to earn a win after throwing at least nine scoreless innings on the road with no walks and at least 12 strikeouts, according to the Reds. Cincinnati won 5-3 in 12 innings.

He also became the first Reds pitcher to throw at least nine scoreless innings without earning a win since LHP Travis Wood in an 11-inning, 1-0 loss on July 10, 2010, at Philadelphia.

In his last seven starts since May 13, Mahle has a 3.07 ERA, lowering his season ERA from 6.46. That stretch also includes all six of his quality starts. In his last four starts, Mahle is 0-0 with a 1.30 ERA but in each game, the Reds' bullpen squandered late leads.

For the first time in his career, Mahle has four consecutive quality starts and owns the longest quality starts streak by a Reds pitcher this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 20, 2022

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