* Jose Ramirez homered twice and drove in five runs as the Cleveland Indians took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a 19-4 thumping of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. Reds starter Tyler Mahle (7-7) lasted only 2.1 innings, allowed 7 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, while striking out 1. The Reds were led offensively by Jesse Winker and Scooter Gennett, who each homered for Cincinnati. The Reds managed to take the series from their in-state rival, winning games 1 and 2, before falling last night. Cincinnati remains 14 games behind the National League Central Division leading Milwaukee Brewers and sitting in last place with a record of 41-52. The Reds will have today off before a weekend series at the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
* The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds were involved in a 4 player trade on Tuesday. L.A. acquired right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro, minor-league right-handed pitcher Zach Neal and international signing bonus pool space from the Reds in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala. Marinan, 19, was a fourth round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2017 and had appeared in 12 career games (nine starts) over two professional seasons with the organization, going 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA (4 ER/27.2 IP). Zabala, 21, appeared in 24 games with Single-A Great Lakes this season going 2-2 with one save and posted a 4.86 ERA (20 ER/37.0 IP), while holding hitters to a .231 average. Over five professional seasons with the Mariners (2014-16) and Dodgers (2017-18) organizations, he has posted a 10-17 record with five saves, a 5.05 ERA and has struck out 136 batters in 164.0 innings.