The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds combined for 19 runs
and 28 hits in their last game. Both teams may find it difficult to
come close to those numbers in their next contest.
A pair of pitchers looking to extend streaks face off when Chad
Billingsley and the Dodgers close a three-game series with Travis
Wood and the Reds on Sunday in Cincinnati.
After the Reds’ 2-1 win Friday, the Dodgers responded with an
11-8 victory in 11 innings Saturday. Matt Kemp homered twice with a
career-high six RBIs, and Jamey Carroll’s run-scoring single in the
11th started a four-run inning.
Kemp hit a solo homer in the seventh before his grand slam
capped a five-run eighth and made it 7-all. Kemp has 15 homers, two
behind Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce for the NL lead, and is hitting .318
with 46 RBIs.
“He’s kind of putting it all together,” Dodgers manager Don
Mattingly said. “Over the course of the season, we see what Matt’s
capable of. Though he’s had good seasons, we knew he was capable of
Seven Cincinnati relievers combined to give up nine runs and 10
hits over the last four innings.
”We didn’t do our job today as a whole,” said Logan Ondrusek,
who surrendered Kemp’s slam.
Joey Votto had two hits, including his eighth homer, and three
RBIs in the loss. The 2010 NL MVP leads the NL with a .341 batting
The Dodgers are 27-10 against Cincinnati since the 2006 season.
Looking to add to that total and win his third straight start,
Billingsley (4-4, 3.46 ERA) will take the ball for Los Angeles.
The right-hander won at Houston on May 24 for his first victory
in nearly a month. Last Monday, he gave up a career-high 11 hits in
seven innings, but limited Colorado to one run as the Dodgers
“Guys are swinging the bats well right now,” Billingsley
The Dodgers (27-32) backed Billingsley with 12 runs in his last
two starts. He had gotten six while going 0-3 with a 2.91 ERA in a
five-game stretch April 27-May 19.
Billingsley, who was born about three hours north of Great
American Ball Park, is 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in four starts in that
stadium. It was in Cincinnati where he had his shortest outing last
season, a three-inning stint in which he was tagged for seven runs
and seven hits in the Dodgers’ 11-9 loss on April 20, 2010.
Votto is 7 for 16 against Billingsley.
Wood (4-3, 5.05) will make his first start of the month for the
Reds (30-29) after going unbeaten in May. In six starts, the
left-hander was 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA, helping Cincinnati to a 4-2
Wood beat Milwaukee last Monday, yielding three runs and seven
hits in six innings of a 7-3 victory.
“I felt like my pitches were working pretty well. I would like
to have gone a little deeper into the game, but I’m glad that I was
able to hold them off,” said Wood, who has not made it through
seven innings since his 2011 debut.
This will be Wood’s first appearance against the Dodgers.