Watch: Anthony DeSclafani says his start against the Dodgers was ‘pretty embarassing’
Anthony DeSclafani allowed six hits, four runs and three homers in a 6-0 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.
Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer
Max Muncy connected on a curveball that hung in the strike zone and immediately dropped his bat as he watched the ball travel into the Great American Ball Park seats in right-center field.
Muncy’s blast made it back-to-back homers in the third inning against Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani as the Los Angeles Dodgers, the highest-scoring offense in the National League, collectively showed their power in Friday’s series opener. DeSclafani surrendered three homers in four innings, matching a single-game career high.
“It was pretty embarrassing, to say the least for myself,” DeSclafani said.
The Reds had enough trouble trying to create offense against Dodgers starter Rich Hill, let alone keep up with the Dodgers’ offense in a 6-0 loss in front of 27,456 fans. They were limited to three hits and shutout for the seventh time this season.
DeSclafani said he “wasn’t fooling anybody.” He struggled to locate his off-speed pitches and Dodgers hitters lined into a few outs.
Joc Pederson homered three pitches before Muncy. Pederson hit an opposite-field, solo homer to open the third inning in the first row of seats in left field. Pederson, who fought back from a 0-2 count into a full count, drove a high fastball on the outside corner.
“It just seemed like I got lucky pretty much the whole night with line drives smoked right at guys,” said DeSclafani, who has surrendered 10 homers in 45 innings. “I guess you’re going to have those nights, but it’s just pretty frustrating in general, especially when you’re just trying to get better. It’s like a punch in the face.”
Facing a left-handed heavy lineup, DeSclafani gave up a leadoff double to Cody Bellinger in the second inning. The next pitch was a hanging curveball to Corey Seager, who crushed it over the right-field wall for a two-run homer.
Lefties were 5-for-12 against DeSclafani with two doubles and three home runs. DeSclafani allowed six hits and four runs in four innings.
“It’s definitely a really good, powerful lineup to say the least, but I’m up in the big leagues and I should have some way to get them out,” said DeSclafani, who has allowed 11 earned runs in his last three starts. “It’s a get-it-done league. It’s not a try league. I just have to get it done and I didn’t get it done.”
Hill, the 39-year-old lefty, stifled the Reds with movement on his 90-mph fastball and a steady dose of curveballs. During the Reds’ first trip through the lineup, Hill struck out six and didn’t allow a ball to leave the infield.
“That fastball looked like it was 93, 94 (mph) because he’s really got movement and his left hand comes from the side,” Eugenio Suárez said. “He’s kind of a sneaky guy.”
Votto and Suárez were the only batters to reach base against Hill, hitting back-to-back singles in the fourth inning. Hill struck out 10 and walked none, just the second time he’s reached a double-digit strikeout total since the 2017 season.
After the pair of singles, the Reds didn’t have another runner in scoring position for the remainder of the night.
“He knows how to pitch,” Reds manager David Bell said of Hill. “He uses the top of the strike zone. It’s the ol’ sneaky fastball. It has really good life.”
Bellinger, who leads the Majors with a .404 batting average, opened the eighth inning with a solo home run off Zach Duke, his 16th homer of the season. In the sixth inning, Bellinger reached on a strikeout-plus-wild pitch and scored on a single from Kiké Hernández.
The Reds have scored six runs in four games against the Dodgers this season, losing three of their first four games against them.