Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound Friday with the Los Angeles Dodgers in position to get their first four-game winning streak this season.
The Dodgers jumped out ahead of the Cardinals in the second inning, though it could have been by a wider margin had Ryu not been allowed to swing instead of laying down a sac-bunt with runners on first and second.
Miguel Rojas also may have cost the Dodgers a run as he hesitated before breaking for home on a passed ball; Yadier Molina would recover in time and get the ball to Carlos Martinez, who applied the tag.
Ryu wound up pitching seven innings, struck out seven, allowed three runs on nine hits and was happy with his night of work, according to an AP report on ESPN LA:
Overall, it was a really good game for me,” Ryu said through a translator. “My control was there, my velocity was there and I managed my pitch count really well. The home run, it was just a good hit ball. It was a changeup, maybe a little bit too close to the middle.”
The left-hander was pitching on four days’ rest, which historically has presented some challenges for Ryu. With the loss, Ryu is now a career 8-8 with a 3.91 ERA in such situations. When Ryu starts on five days’ rest, he’s 10-1 with a 1.95 ERA.
Ryu was nonetheless effective Friday. He worked himself out of multiple jams and his lone mistake only cost him one run. The Cardinals plated the other two on a two-out double that landed between Scott Van Slyke and Yasiel Puig as there appeared to be some miscommunication as to whose ball it was.
Runs have been at a premium through the first two games of the series. The trend will likely continue Saturday and Sunday as the Dodgers send Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to the hill.
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