Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound Tuesday with all signs pointing to the expectation of a strong outing from the left-hander.
Ryu was starting on five days’ rest, which he entered the game with a career 10-1 record and 1.95 ERA on an extra day of rest. He also had an impressive road record to his name — 6-1 with a 1.62 ERA in eight starts away from Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers jumped out to an early lead, scoring five runs on four hits against Detroit Tigers perennial ace Justin Verlander in the first inning. Things quickly went south for the Dodgers as the Tigers scored five runs in the second inning and eventually pulled away for a 14-5 win.
Ryu managed to pitch just 2.1 innings and was charged for seven runs on 10 hits. Following the loss, Ryu shared his disappointment with being unable to protect the lead, according to an AP report on ESPN:
I felt like I really let my team down,” Ryu said through a translator. “We had five runs in the first inning off a great pitcher, and I gave the lead away. That’s the worst part of tonight.”
The seven runs Ryu allowed are a career-high and his 2.1 innings pitched is one out more than his career-worst start of 2.0 innings against the San Francisco Giants on April 4; Ryu allowed six runs in that start.
Ryu seemingly never recovered from the leadoff double Torii Hunter hit in the second inning that was initially ruled as a single and put out at second base courtesy of a Yasiel Puig strike from the right field fence.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus challenged the play and the ruling was overturned, which opened the floodgates. The loss was Ryu’s second in his last three outings as he continues to chase the elusive 10th win of the season.
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