Heading into the eighth inning of Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a streak of pitching 17.0 innings of no-hit baseball. The streak dated back to the ninth inning of Saturday’s game with the Philadelphia Phillies and included Josh Beckett’s no-hitter on Sunday, and Hyun-Jin Ryu’s perfect game through seven innings.
Ryu found himself on base in the bottom of the seventh, reaching on an error and he later scored on a Carl Crawford double. The following inning, Ryu allowed a leadoff double to Reds first baseman Tood Frazier. Ryu pitched 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win.
While Ryu wasn’t able to deliver a consecutive no-hitter for the Dodgers, Mattingly finds comfort in the Dodgers’ pitching staff, which is now healthy:
It’s a good feeling to know we can kind of do this every day,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “Not necessarily from the standpoint of throwing no-hitters and taking perfect games into the [eighth] inning, but knowing we can go out and pitch like this every time out. It tells me we can get on a roll.”
The starting rotation has accumulated 24 wins, which ties them for the most in the National League with the St. Louis Cardinals. Opposing batters are hitting .250 off Dodger starters, which is good for sixth best in the NL.
Heading into the season, the Dodgers figured to rely heavily on Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Ryu. That plan would get thrown off kilter a bit with Kershaw and Ryu and both landing on the DL. Greinke leads the staff with a 7-1 record and the Dodgers have gotten unexpected contributions from Beckett and Dan Haren.
Anchoring the backend of the rotation, Beckett and Haren are a combined 8-4. Haren began the season 4-0 and has struggled a bit a recently, going 1-3 in his last four starts, which may be attributed to more back soreness than usual.
The Dodgers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but have quietly moved into second place in the NL West standings, half a game ahead of the Colorado Rockies, though they are still 4.5 back of the San Francisco Giants. With Greinke taking the mound Tuesday and Kershaw going Wednesday, the Dodgers could continue to make a push towards catching the Giants.
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