Dodgers’ Buehler shuts down Reds with 6 strong innings in 4-0 win

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler showed his dominance on the mound in a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night. Buehler, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, pitched six sharp innings with seven strikeouts, allowing only three hits and no walks.

After struggling in his first two starts post-surgery, Buehler made some adjustments and found his groove in this game. He credited a change in his position on the rubber for his improved performance, saying that “a lot of things clicked into place.” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts praised Buehler’s confidence and resilience in coming back from a major surgery like Tommy John.

Offensively, Freddie Freeman had a big night with two hits and an RBI, while Teoscar Hernández and Andy Pages also contributed with run-scoring hits for the Dodgers. The team’s strong performance at the plate, combined with Buehler’s pitching, propelled them to their 18th win in the last 24 games.

On the other side, Reds pitcher Graham Ashcraft struggled, giving up three runs over five innings, including walks that led to runs for the Dodgers. Cincinnati manager David Bell acknowledged the Dodgers’ ability to grind out at-bats and put pressure on his pitcher.

Despite the loss, Reds outfielder Jacob Hurtubise earned his first major league hit, a single in the third inning. The 26-year-old West Point graduate made history as the first major leaguer to use a new exemption policy allowing military academy grads to defer their service while pursuing a professional sports career.

Looking ahead, Los Angeles native Hunter Greene will start for the Reds in the next game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have yet to announce their starter for the upcoming matchup.

Overall, the combination of strong pitching from Buehler, solid hitting from the Dodgers’ lineup, and some historic moments on the field made for an exciting and memorable game between these two teams.

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