Sunday afternoon will be the final game of the four game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds took Game 1 of the series on Thursday, and the Dodgers took the next two games, most recently winning 4-1 on Saturday, riding on a dominant performance by ace Hyun-Jin Ryu. He went seven innings, gave up one earned run, and struck out nine.
In the fifth inning, Skip Schumaker hit a two-run home run that put the Dodgers ahead for good. Closer Kenley Jansen came to close the door in the ninth inning, and he was successful in doing so, propelling the Dodgers to the 4-1 victory.
The Dodgers will send Chris Capuano to the mound on Sunday, as the Reds will tab Tony Cingrani for the start. Capuano has not had a good season so far, as he has a 3-6 record with a 5.03 ERA. Tony Cingrani on the other hand, has a 4-1 record, while having a lower 3.18 ERA.
As you can see neither are top of the rotation starters, so you can expect a higher scoring game than 4-1, as we saw last night. Skip Schumaker came through in the clutch last night for the Dodgers, who will do so tonight? Will the Dodgers take the series-clinching win? Or will the Cincinnati Reds win, forcing a split? We will find out at 4:10 p.m ET, 1:10 on the west coast.
My prediction: The Cincinnati Reds win 7-3, riding off big performances from Jay Bruce, who will hit a home run, and Brandon Phillips, who will have a multi-hit game
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