The bars in K-Town were probably jumping tonight, with Korean baseball fans celebrating the return of Hyun-Jin Ryu to Chavez Ravine.
There has been some worry across the blogs and Twitter over Ryu’s decreased pitch speed. Before his shoulder injuries, Ryu was averaging 93 mph on his fastball. He seemed to be having trouble hitting 90 in his rehab starts, but he remarked the adrenaline from returning to Dodger Stadium would probably make up the difference. Hmmm…..
BTW – Matt Kemp and the surging, winning Padres were in town.
Here’s what happened.
A collective groan spread across Los Angeles as Ryu immediately gave up a home run to Padres leadoff batter, Melvin Upton. 1-0
2nd inning Padres 1-0
A walk and two singles made it 2-0.
3rd inning Padres 2-0
A single, and then an RBI double. 3-0
5th inning Padres 3-0
Back to back doubles made it 4-0.
Then, with two on and two out, Yasiel Puig did not see a catchable fly ball sail over his head and bounce behind him. It ended up as a bases-clearing triple. 6-0
Ryu out. Casey Fien in. Job done.
6th inning Padres 6-0
Maybe they should have all the Dodgers’ eyes checked, because nobody is seeing the ball tonight, on the field or at the plate. Only two hits up to this point.
7th inning. Padres 6-0
11 Dodgers retired in a row.
8th inning Padres 6-0
At this point, the only interesting thing to look for in the game, was Corey Seager‘s hitting streak (19). Corey was hung out to dry on a low strike three call that was in the zone, according to replays.
9th inning Padres 6-0
The Dodgers hadn’t had a hit since Trayce Thompson doubled in the fourth. And that’s how it ended.
Dodgers lose 6-0. It wasn’t pretty or fun.
Ryu was not effective at all. He gave up a run an inning, and the anemic Dodgers’ bats did not help. Vin Scully excused the boys by declaring them “tired” after yesterday’s marathon. Perhaps, but they are world-class athletes in mid-season form, in the middle of a home-cooking homestand. One would expect they should have been able to “recover” after a night’s sleep. That said, any team can have an off-night offensively, so hopefully, that’s all it will turn out to be.
What I’m curious about, is this matter of Yasiel Puig not being able to see so many fly balls at the stadium. Vin Scully suggested, not sarcastically, the Dodgers should have Puig’s eyes checked. I agree.
Two bad losses in a row, and Corey Seager’s hitting streak is over. We can all use a good night’s sleep.
Hyun-Jin Ryu went 4 2/3 innings with 8 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 4 K’s, 1 HR. ERA 11.57 Yikes!
Team with RISP: 1 for 4