Although the Los Angeles Dodgers’ loss Friday cut their lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings in half, there may be a more pressing matter.
Hyun-Jin Ryu managed to get through just one inning — a disastrous one at that — before being removed from the game due to irritation in his left shoulder. The outing was the shortest of his career and second time this season he’s failed to make it past the second inning against the Giants.
While Ryu’s injury naturally has drawn plenty of attention given the rapidly approaching postseason, A.J. Ellis expressed concern over the Dodgers needing to bounce back from the humbling loss, according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
I’m more concerned we got punched in the mouth tonight and have to come back and try to win a game tomorrow,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “The training staff will do what they can to get Hyun-Jin back out there. We have to get ready to come out here tomorrow and try to stop the momentum they have right now.”
The win was the Giants’ 10th in a row at home, which is a season high for the battled-tested team. Not only do the Dodgers need to stop the momentum the Giants have generated, they also need to pick themselves off the mat.
Madison Bumgarner allowed just three hits and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning when the Dodgers trailed by just four runs. Juan Gutierrez took over in the eighth and pitched two shutout innings without allowing a runner to reach.
Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will round out the series for the Dodgers, who face the Giants for another three-game series that begins Sept. 22 at Chavez Ravine. The same trio of Dodger pitchers were slated to start in that game, but Ryu’s injury may result in one change.
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