Wednesday’s exciting four-run Dodger come from behind win was certainly enthralling. The Dodgers scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth against New York closer Edwin Diaz to overcome an 8-5 deficit. Tonight’s game wasn’t quite at the same breakneck pace of last night’s slugfest but it was just as interesting. Instead of a back and forth thrilling high scoring affair, we were treated with an old fashioned low scoring pitching duel. The Dodgers and Hyun-jin Ryu took this one as well, shutting out the Mets 2-0. The win gives the Dodgers the series edge three games to one.
Once again Hyun-jin Ryu turned in another dominating performance. On this night he tossed 7.2 innings of shutout baseball allowing just four hits, one walk and striking out seven. Ryu made 106 pitches and was removed from the game with two outs in the top of the eighth and the Dodgers clinging to a 1-0 lead.
The Mets never really threatened Ryu. They had two runners reach in the top of the second when Ryu walked Todd Frazier and gave up a Carlos Gomez single. But he recovered to get Hechavarria to pop out and struck out Tomas Nido. Other than a Nido single in the fifth frame, the Mets didn’t get anyone on base until the top of the seventh. Pete Alonso doubled to left to lead off the frame and with the Dodgers up by a measly 1-0 score it appeared that they were in trouble. But Frazier grounded back to the box (with Ryu looking the runner back) Gomez flew out to Verdugo and Hechavarria grounded out.
Mets 0 4 0
Dodgers 2 9 0
The next inning Ryu gave up a one-out single to Wilson Ramos and then induced a force out before being lifted from the game to a nice and well deserved standing ovation. Kenley Jansen entered to record a four-out save and got started on the right foot by striking out Dominic Smith to get out of the inning. Ryu is now 8-1 with a 1.48 ERA.
Meanwhile the Dodger bats didn’t do much tonight off of opposing starter Jason Vargas. To be fair the Dodgers were without Justin Turner (slight hamstring strain) and Corey Seager (scheduled day off), as both bats were not in the starting lineup. Regardless the bats did just enough to get the Dodgers a couple of runs. This was perhaps Vargas’s best start of the season as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball and struck out six.
The Dodgers scored their first run within minutes of the game beginning in the bottom of the first. Chris Taylor tripled to left with the ball rolling past the diving J.D. Davis. Max Muncy immediately doubled home Taylor to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers scored a much needed insurance run in the bottom of the eighth against the New York bullpen. David Freese doubled into the right field corner thanks to Michael Conforto crashing into the low wall causing the ball to pop out of his glove. An opposite field RBI single from Enrique Hernandez plated Freese to put the Dodgers up 2-0. There wasn’t much drama after that. The ninth inning was relatively clean. Conforto grounded out for the first out. Alonso was hit by a pitch in the hand. The Dodgers challenged the play but the call on the field was upheld. Kenley then struck out Frazier and got Gomez to line out to end the game. Dodgers win it! The Phillies come into town for the weekend tomorrow. The Dodgers see Jake Arrieta while they counter with Kenta Maeda. The Dodgers are 22-7 at home and now have an 8.5 game lead in the National League West.