Scott Schebler began his career with the Dodgers and loved his time with the franchise. Now in his third season with Cincinnati, he admitted his big homer back in Los Angeles had some extra special meaning.
Schebler hit a three-run home run in the four-run sixth inning to lead the Reds to a 5-3 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night.
“They traded me, they moved on. I’d be lying if I didn’t want to come in here and prove myself to a team that I guess gave up on me is a bad (way to say it),” Schebler said. “They got something in return. They didn’t see me as part of their plan. It feels nice to come in and prove yourself. It’s nothing against the organization. They didn’t see me as part of their plan. I wanted to be part of their plan, and I got traded.
“I’m happy with where I am. Don’t mistake that. I’m very happy, but it always feels good to kind of prove yourself … it does feel a little extra (nice) to do it against a team you once played for.”
The Reds (13-27) have won five consecutive games, and won the series.
Schebler hit the home run to left field off Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois. It was Schebler’s fourth of the season and first since April 28. Chargois had relieved starter Ross Stripling. Chargois allowed a single to Scooter Gennett, the first batter he faced, then gave up the home run.
“Honestly, I didn’t think it was (going out),” Schebler said. “I’ve played here enough to know that when the marine layer comes in then you’ve really got to catch one. … I saw Joc (Pederson) keep going back and I thought, ‘Oh man, keep going, keep going.’ Once I saw him jump against the fence and the ball jump up I was pretty relieved for sure.”
Chargois gave way to ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte, who was called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He pitched in his first major league game since 2016 when he was with Seattle. Venditte, who pitched both lefty and righty against the Reds, allowed a hit and struck out one while getting four outs.
Stripling had struck out a career-high seven batters and allowed just two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Stripling started the season in the bullpen and was pulled after 79 pitches.
The Dodgers have lost three consecutive games and six of their last seven.
“We can’t get out of our own way a little bit,” Stripling said. “This is definitely a tough one. None of them have been easy to swallow but this one definitely hurts.”
The Reds are the National League Central’s worst team, but have found a groove on the road.
Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run against Homer Bailey in the third inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. It was Bellinger’s first home run since May 1 and second in the last 20 games.
The Dodgers added to that lead in the fourth inning when Pederson’s single scored Austin Barnes.
Los Angeles finished with 12 hits but left 11 men on base. The Dodgers’ Max Muncy had two hits for the second straight night.
Jesse Winkler hit a run-scoring single to right field to get the Reds on the board in the fifth inning. And in the sixth, the Reds took the lead on Schebler’s home run.
Bailey (1-5) allowed three runs on 10 hits but was able to work his way out of jams for his first win of the season. The Reds lost in all of Bailey’s previous eight starts.
“I’m not going to say I played very well but our offense and bullpen did what they’ve been doing all year, just outstanding,” Bailey said. “It was a good team effort for us to pick up this win and the series.”
Reliever Jared Hughes earned the save, his first of the season.