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5-12, 5th in NL Cent
Votto pops out to 1B for first time in 13-year career (0:18)
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Reds' Votto pops out to 1B for first time in career

Reds slugger Joey Votto somehow had made 6,827 plate appearances over 13 seasons with Cincinnati without ever popping out to first base -- which he finally did in the eighth inning of Wednesday's loss at Dodger Stadium.

18h

Dodgers tie MLB record with latest HR at home

A.J. Pollock hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers tied the major league record by homering in their 32nd consecutive home game during a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Verdugo, blocked at every turn with the Dodgers, called it "a slap in the face" that the Reds walked Kiké Hernandez to face him in the seventh, even though it made all the baseball sense in the world. It speaks to his enduring confidence. He then followed with a run-scoring double off a same-side pitcher, displaying his ability to potentially play every day. Verdugo is OPS'ing 1.115 with infrequent playing time. That is so tough to do at 22.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig tossed his bat and smacked it to the ground. He got under a very hittable pitch and popped out to end the top of the fifth, dropping his batting average to .180 this season. His Reds trail, 4-1.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Joc Pederson's BABIP in 2019: .175. I guess it doesn't matter when everything you're hitting is flying out of the park. Pederson has eight home runs after hitting one off Tyler Mahle and is hitting .306 and slugging .857 against righties. He's been a streaky hitter throughout his career (he had 10 home runs last June, for example), but he's locked in right now.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Cody Bellinger, who was jogging in the outfield pregame, is available off the bench today and could return to the lineup tomorrow, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

2d

Almost Like He's Psychic

Before hearing from Hank Aaron (33:10), Buster and David Schoenfield discuss Yasiel Puig's bizarre night, Clayton Kershaw's return to the mound, and Christian Yelich's dominance of the Cardinals (12:57). Plus, the "Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (8:01) and Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon on the impact her father had on society (30:53).

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The highs and lows of Yasiel Puig's time in L.A.

Sometimes dynamic, sometimes frustrating, Yasiel Puig's stay with the Dodgers was always interesting. Here's a look back at the most memorable moments.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Joc Pederson walked off the Dodgers in emphatic fashion. He clubbed a two-run homer off Reds closer Raisel Iglesias with one on and none out in the ninth, giving his team a 4-3 win on Jackie Robinson Day.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Kemp, down in the count 0-2, reached out and made just enough contact to line Kenley Jansen's cutter into a vacant right field, giving the Reds a 3-2 lead with two outs in the ninth.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

A scout said Clayton Kershaw's slider continues to resemble a cutter, which means it looks a lot like his fastball. But the curveball, he said, "was impressive." Could be a key pitch for him this year.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw's final line: 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts. 84 pitches, 58 of them strikes. Only Yasiel Puig got to him. His fastball averaged 90 mph, but his breaking pitches looked sharp, and that will usually be enough.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw appears to be growing stronger as this game prolongs. He struck out the side in the sixth inning and has only thrown 74 pitches. He has six strikeouts and zero walks.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw has allowed only the Yasiel Puig two-run homer through the first five innings. He has thrown 59 pitches, 14 of which have been curveballs. Average fastball velocity: 90.1 mph.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Cody Bellinger is out of the game. Alex Verdugo replaced him in right field.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Cody Bellinger, the hottest hitter on the planet, took a Luis Castillo fastball to the right knee. Yasiel Puig stood in right field with his hands on his head, then clapped as Bellinger jogged lightly after reaching first base. He is in noticeable pain, but will remain in the game.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Cody Bellinger, who entered the offseason motivated to prove he could be the star he was two years ago, has his slash line up to .433/.506/.925. In the first at-bat of his 18th game, he drove in his 23rd run.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

So many reasons why that home run means so much to Yasiel Puig. It's his return to Dodger Stadium, for a game he probably thought about for months, against Clayton Kershaw and, just as important, off a lefty, the type he hated to sit against.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig's first at-bat as a visitor at Dodger Stadium: A two-run home run, hit to straightaway center field, and a bat flip, off Clayton Kershaw. Of course.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig received a warm reception, doffed his helmet and smoked the first Clayton Kershaw pitch he saw down the left-field line. It hooked foul.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig, fittingly 70 minutes late to his press conference, said this in Spanish about Dodger Stadium: "I haven't seen the games; I don't know how many people, how many fans, have been coming here. But I'm sure that when I played here there were more fans."

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs58
Batting Average.200
On Base Percentage.270
Slugging Percentage.374
Earned Run Average3.48
Quality Starts0
WHIP1.30
BAA.233