The weekend series with the San Francisco Giants got off on the wrong foot for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hyun-Jin Ryu was hit hard in the lone inning he pitched Friday and was removed due to irritation in his throwing shoulder.
Ryu allowed four runs in the inning and the Giants went on to win the series opener 9-0. The loss cut the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West standings to one game amid uncertainty surrounding Ryu’s status and A.J. Ellis publicly questioning how the team would respond to getting “punched in the mouth.”
After the first inning of Saturday’s game, Ellis’ question was answered. The Dodgers turned the table on the Giants and scored four runs in the first inning. Zack Greinke threw a shutdown inning and the Dodgers scored another four runs in the second.
Greinke wound up throwing six scoreless innings as the Dodgers offense piled up hits and runs against any reliever Giants manager Bruce Bochy called on. Matt Kemp led the Dodgers with a 3-for-4 effort that included two doubles and three RBIs.
Along with turning in a strong outing on the mound, Greinke chipped in with a double and two-run home run. The Dodgers scored at least one run in six of the nine innings en route to defeating the Giants 17-0.
The 17 runs and 24 hits set set an opponent’s record at AT&T Park.