The Dodgers took a 2-1 series lead tonight with an offensive explosion, but the concern was with Hyun-Jin Ryu who only got through three innings and 68 pitches.
Ryu made two costly mental mistakes and didn’t look like the same pitcher that dominated at Dodger Stadium all season long. Coming into his start tonight, there were question marks about whether or not he was fine physically and Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.com talked to Don Mattingly about Ryu:
Mattingly said there was nothing physically wrong with Ryu tonight.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 7, 2013
With a two-run lead in the third inning, Ryu wasn’t able to keep the Dodgers ahead and seemed to be laboring his way through his start. Up in the booth Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said Ryu was dealing with elbow and back injuries, but everything from the Dodgers insists he’s healthy.
Thankfully, Chris Capuano came on and tossed three no-hit innings and helped bridge the gap to the back end of the bullpen. Paco Rodriguez continued to struggle, but Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell pitched pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.
If the Dodgers are to advance to the NLCS tomorrow, it’ll be interesting to see how they use Ryu moving forward as he clearly isn’t the same pitcher he was earlier in the season.
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