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The Bums of Summer Podcast: 2013 Reds Series Review

By Published on September 11th, 2013 2 Comments

The Bums of Summer are back in town for another Dodger podcast. We discuss Dodger Headline News and the past weekends performance against the Reds. Should we be concerned with the Dodgers 4 game losing streak? Click that play button to find out!

Headline News

Kershaw discusses losing streak

Overall, it’s a good time for us to lose some games — if we’re going to lose — so we can remember what that feeling is like and bounce back and hopefully gain some momentum and carry it through to the playoffs.

Matt Kemp Out Indefinitely

according to Dodger Talk co-host David Vassegh. Kemp had been rehabbing with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga after having been sidelined with a sprained ankle in late July. He was hitless in 19 trips to the plate before moving to the team’s complex in Glendale, Arizona.

Vassegh quotes manager Don Mattingly as saying, “I’m not ready to concede anything, but at some point we run out of time.”

Kemp ready in 10 Days

After moving his rehab to the Dodgers spring training complex at Camelback Ranch, Kemp was supposedly shutdown indefinitely with yet another hamstring injury after trying to recover from a severely sprained ankle.

Talking to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Mattingly discussed where Kemp was in his rehab process:

It’s interesting to hear that Kemp could be on the verge of making his return, especially considering that Mattingly and Ned Colletti said time was almost running out for him to eventually return.

Dodger Road Series

@ REDS

9/6/2013, @ Reds 2-3 L

Hanley did his best going 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI in the 1st, but so did Joey Votto in later innings.

However, his biggest hit of the game came with the Reds trailing, 2-1, in the fifth. Starting pitcherMike Leake led off the inning with a walk, which was followed by a base hit by Shin-Soo Choo. Although Brandon Phillips hit into a double play in the next at-bat, Votto came through with a two-run shot over the wall in left field to put Cincinnati on top.

Although Votto was pleased to break out of his slump in a big way, he refused to make too much of his performance.

“I was not very happy with the results during that stretch,” Votto said. “But this is one game. You’re only as good as your last at-bat, so I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”

9/7/2013, @ Reds 3-4 L

Dodgers lose a tough one in extra innings. Brian Wilson gets the loss as,

Frazier also delivered the game-winning hit on Tuesday. The 27-year-old third baseman is now batting .400 (10-for-25) with five RBIs and two homers to start the month.

“September’s the time to step up or shut up,” said Frazier. “You forget about what’s been going on during the year, and you just have to keep striving to get better. It’s a long season. People [have] got to understand that. It’s been a fun month so far for the Reds.”

Cincinnati has won three straight, and five of its first seven games in September. The Reds have done so by taking three of four from the Cardinals and, combined with Friday’s 3-2 win, the first two against the Dodgers.

“I guess people can get off our backs about beating good teams,” said Frazier.

9/8/2013, @ Reds 2-3 L

Dodgers lose another game by 1 run (3 in a row) as

Hanigan’s double gave the Reds their second walk-off win in as many days, and their third in the last six games. The victory finished off the sweep — the first suffered by the Dodgers since May 17-19 against Atlanta — and capped a week which Cincinnati started by taking three of four from NL Central-rival St. Louis.

“We know that they’ve got a good club,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “They could win their division. It’s the same type of pitching we would see [in the postseason]. You aren’t expecting to score seven, eight or nine runs.”

Tweets during this game:

SportsCenter        ✔ @SportsCenter

Jay Bruce was the 1st left-handed hitter to homer off Clayton Kershaw this year. He’s now done it TWICE tonight.

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Bill Plunkett @billplunkettocr

Homer Bailey has struck out 9 in 7 IP tonight. have struck out 24 times … .and drawn one walk in this series.

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Eric Stephen @truebluela

Dodgers have lost 4 straight for the first time since dropping 8 straight from May 1-10

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Overall: 83-59

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