The Dodgers and Korean southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu kept rolling on Sunday as the Husky left hander tossed another seven shutout frames helping the Dodgers to an 8-3 series clinching win over the Reds on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The Dodger bats rebounded nicely after getting blanked on Saturday to score five runs and swat two more home runs. Cody Bellinger added his seventeenth (two-run shot in the seventh) and Russell Martin hit a solo home run in the eighth. The boys in blue added three more in the top of the ninth (thanks to a two-run double from Alex Verdugo) just to make it a laugher.
Ryu’s stretch of excellent pitching is pretty amazing. He was very good last year too for a long period of games as well before he tore his groin in midseason. This year he’s slowly but surely become the Dodger’s defacto Ace. He ended the game with 31 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to May 1 against San Francisco. That was the last time he allowed a run of any kind. Ryu came into today’s game with a 0.36 ERA in the month of May. It’s certainly brought May flowers for Ryu who has allowed just one earned run on 14 hits across 32 innings pitched this month. Check out the list of Ryu’s pitching lines from May.
May 1 @ San Francisco- 7 IP 1 ER 4H 0 BB 6K – No-Decision
May 7 vs. Atlanta- 9 IP 4H 0BB 6K – CG shutout win
May 12 vs. Washington-8IP 0R 1H 1BB 9K –WIN
May 19 @ Cincinnati- 7IP 0R 5H 1BB 5 SO- WIN
He’s been simply overpowering. I don’t know what it is, but he’s had impeccable command over his pitches. He’s able to mix and match and keep the opposing hitters off balance. He can also throw a little heat when the need arises. Ryu did have to pitch out of some traffic, allowing 5 hits and one walk over seven innings, but opposing hitters have not recorded a hit against him this year with runners in scoring position. Ryu is now 6-1 with a 1.52 ERA. The Dodgers better bring him back next year.
Dodgers 8 6 1
Reds 3 9 1
While Ryu continued to impress, so did the Dodger bats. Despite the club going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, and leaving nine men on base they still managed to plate eight runs on six hits and draw nine walks. As mentioned earlier, there were two home runs. Cody Bellinger’s two-run blast came in the seventh inning and Russell Martin’s solo shot came in the top of the eighth. Verdugo also continued his hot hitting with two doubles, and three runs batted in. Joc Pederson drew two walks and scored three runs and Max Muncy drew two walks and tallied a hit. The Dodgers are now 31-17 and have a 5 game lead in the NL West. What a team.
I hate to bring up something negative on an otherwise bright day, but can we just end the Yimi Garcia experiment? The right hander gave up three runs on two home runs (Peraza, Dietrich) in the bottom of the ninth inning. I realize it was in garbage time but that doesn’t make his pitching any easier to digest. I know he’s been pitching better lately, but he’s still pretty bad overall. The fact that Kenley Jansen had to even get up out of his chair when the Dodgers had an eight run lead coming into the ninth inning was annoying. The Dodgers don’t have any big financial investment in him so I don’t understand why he gets so much rope. Then again I’ve never understood why all the other bad relievers over the past seasons have gotten so much rope.
Anyways, let’s just be happy the Dodgers won and are playing great baseball. Monday is a scheduled day off for the Dodgers as they travel to Tampa Bay for a two game interleague series beginning on Tuesday evening. Clayton Kershaw is slated to start the series opener at Tropicana Field.