The Los Angeles Dodgers took the first game of the Opening Series last night 3-1 behind Clayton Kershaw and today they had Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound looking for the sweep.
Ryu had a solid spring and with Zack Greinke staying back to deal with a right calf strain, the Dodgers needed their second-year pitcher to pick up the slack. Facing DBacks pitcher Trevor Cahill, who was 6-0 in his career against the Dodgers, they were able to get five runs on eight hits in four innings.
Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig had six hits combined as they pounded out 13 hits against the DBacks. While the offense was great, the base running the last two games hasn’t. Andre Ethier and Puig were both thrown out today after Ethier and Kershaw were thrown out taking an extra base.
Ryu tossed five innings, allowing just two hits and struck out five hitters. Chris Withrow and Paco Rodriguez were solid, but Jamey Wright struggled. He allowed two walks and two hits and the DBacks finally got on the board in the eighth inning. J.P. Howell came on and got out of a bases loaded jam as the Dodgers entered the ninth inning leading, 7-1.
Alex Guerrero finally made his long awaited major league debut, but struck out swinging against Addison Reed. Puig struck out to end the inning as the Dodgers were three outs away from an Opening Series sweep. Jose Dominguez came on in the ninth inning and gave up two runs as Martin Prado hit a two-run single.
Paul Maholm came on to get Miguel Montero and Kenley Jansen allowed a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo. He promptly hit the first pitch out for a two-run home run. He got Gerardo Parra to make the last out and the Dodgers won, 7-5.
Here are the highlights/GIFs of today’s game:
Ryu singles in the third inning:
Puig bat flips a HBP
Puig doubles in Dee Gordon in the sixth inning
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