Dodgers seem stuck

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It’s a good thing the season is only one quarter complete, but if the Dodgers (16-24) don’t turn it around relatively soon, the best they can hope for when the playoffs commence is a wild-card spot.

That’s because the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks (24-16) are eight games ahead in the National League West.

To make matters worse, the lowly Cincinnati Reds, the worst team in the senior circuit, swept the Boys of Summer this past weekend, including Sunday’s 5-3 victory as Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez (two hits) each hit two-run homers.

Yasmani Grandal (two hits) and Yasiel Puig both blasted solo shots and Chris Taylor had a run batted in for the Blue Crew.

The Reds knocked off the Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday as one-time Dodger Scott Schebler connected on a three-run bomb in the sixth inning.

Joc Pederson (two hits) had an RBI and Cody Bellinger wacked a solo rocket in the first frame for the Dodgers.

On Friday, Cincinnati tamed the Dodgers 6-2 as pitcher Matt Harvey, recently-acquired from the New York Mets, twirled a one-hitter with two strikeouts over four innings.

Scooter Gennett (four hits) bashed a two-run homer with two runs and three RBIs for the Reds, while rookie Max Muncy cracked a solo homer and an RBI double for the Dodgers.

Gennett (three hits) had a solo bomb and three RBIs in a 4-1 win on Thursday.

Chase Utley had two hits and drove in a run in the first inning for the Dodgers.

Utley had a two-run double, Puig collected three hits with two runs, while Taylor (run) and Kyle Farmer (hit) each had an RBI during a 6-3 triumph over Arizona on Wednesday.

Daniel Descalso’s three-run dinger in the 12th inning was the game-winning hit and A.J. Pollock (two hits) swatted a two-run homer as Arizona prevailed 8-5 on Tuesday.

Grandal had a solo homer and a run-scoring single and Matt Kemp (three hits) tossed in a run-producing single.



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