Tyler Mahle’s performance in the first three innings of Sunday’s game, according to David Bell, was among the best of his career. The Cincinnati Reds were swept in the four-game series after thrashing 9-1 in the series finale Sunday at Dodger Stadium, extending their losing streak to six games.
It was the first time the Dodgers had swept the Reds in a four-game series since 1975, according to insiders. During their six-game losing streak, the Reds have been tied or trailed in 54 consecutive innings. He struck out four batters in his first at-bat against the Dodgers, allowing only one hit. However, the fourth inning was a disaster. “They have a great lineup, but I didn’t get the feeling like, ‘Oh man, they’ve got (Freddie) Freeman up next.’ I just needed to make a good pitch to get them to leave.”
In the fourth inning, the Dodgers’ first five batters reached base. “It’s a really fine line against this lineup,” Bell said, “between pitching great and then allowing runs in a hurry.” It was an awful week during the six-game losing streak, which began with team president Phil Castellini dismissing fan criticism before the club’s home opener. They’ve scored just one run before the sixth inning in any of the six games during their losing streak, averaging 2.5 runs per game.
“It’s been difficult,” Bell admitted. Andrew Heaney, a left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers, dominated the Reds’ lineup, allowing only one hit in six innings. The Reds had four left-handed hitters in their lineup due to injuries to several right-handed hitters – India, Senzel, Donovan Solano, and Jose Barrero. “When you think of their dominant starters, he’s not the first name that comes to mind, but he’s really good,” Bell said.
Kyle Farmer’s two-out double in the third inning prevented Heaney from throwing a no-hitter, but the Reds will face two more left-handed starters in their upcoming three-game series in San Diego.