It’s been 953 days since Hyun-Jin Ryu last had a win in the major leagues. Today he took the mound for the Dodgers once again. Here’s how it all turned out.
That’s where the promise was smashed, as Grandal swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a weak bouncer up the middle to end the threat.
Speaking of threats, Hyun-Jin Ryu was immediately threatened when the Rockies came out swinging – and hitting – every thing he threw at them. The Dodgers were lucky to get away with only giving up one run in the inning. That was thanks to Grandal throwing out a base stealer right before a single that would have scored that runner.
The next inning brought a second helping of good and bad. The Dodgers committed two errors which put two more Rockies in scoring position, but they caught a break with a smart double play by SVS, who played first base today. The score remained 1-0 Rockies.
The Dodgers tied it at one in the fourth after a Van Slyke double and smallballing him across the plate.
Ryu found a groove and struck out two more in the third.
After four innings, Ryu had 5 Ks and only one run surrendered. He’d thrown 56 pitches, and 40 for strikes, with his fastball consistently in the 90’s.
However, the first Rockie he saw in the fifth launched one out to give the 2-1 lead back to Colorado.
It was Rockies up 2-1 after 5. The game remained that way until the end as the Dodgers lazily went through the motions and never really mounted a rally or even a mild rise.
The Twitter heads were ready to tar and feather Ryu after just one inning today, but he hung tough and eventually found his groove. All things considered, Ryu had a very good outing that was spoiled by a home run that barely missed the wrong side of the foul pole, and a Dodgers offense that did nothing but sputter under him. Then they went completely dead for the bullpen.
The March of Duds:
Forsythe – 0 for 4 with a Golden Sombrero
Gutierrez – 0 for 3 with 2 Ks
Grandal – 0 for 3 and he left bases loaded.
Hernandez – 0 for 2, but the game’s only RBI
Hyun-Jin Ryu went 4 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, with 5 Ks and 1 walk.
Home runs: Only the bad guys.