The Dodgers looked to move to 4-2 against the hated one, Madison Bumgarner. Opposing him, Hyun-Jin Ryu was sent into battle to make his second start of the season for the Boys in Blue.
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Hyun-Jin Ryu looked fantastic early, getting Steven Duggar to fly out and getting punchouts of both Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria.
The Dodgers went down quietly in the first inning with Enrique Hernandez grounding out, Justin Turner lining out, and Corey Seager popping out.
Buster Posey led the inning off with a single into center but the Giants did nothing to cash him in. Brandon Crawford lined out and Yangervis Solarte grounded out to end things.
The Dodgers led a small threat with AJ Pollock hitting a single to lead it off. Cody Bellinger flew out. Chris Taylor walked to get a runner in scoring position but was quickly erased after he was doubled up at first base on a Max Muncy liner.
Ryu led another 1-2-3 inning with former Dodger minor leaguer Connor Joe popping out, Dodger killer Gerardo Parra grounding out, and infamous Dodger rival Madison Bumgarner striking out.
The Dodgers struck gold in the third. Russell Martin started the inning by reaching on a Madison Bumgarner throwing error. Hyun-Jin Ryu was walked on four pitches. Enrique Hernandez rattled MadBum even further with a single to score Martin from second. JT and Corey popped out and flew out respectively. AJ Pollock came through with his second single of the game to load the bases for CodyLove. Cody sent a ball over the fence for a GRAND SLAM. It was home run number 69 of his career.
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Ryu with another 1-2-3 inning. He was cruising. Steven Duggar struck out and Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria both grounded out.
MadBum matched Ryu in the fourth with a 1-2-3 inning of his own. Max Muncy and Russell Martin grounded out and Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out.
Ryu with yet another 1-2-3 inning. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford grounded out and Yangervis Solarte lined out.
The Dodgers got a baserunner in the fifth courtesy of a leadoff single by Enrique Hernandez but the Boys in Blue stranded him. JT struck out swinging, Seager flew out, and Pollock grounded into a force out.
The Giants finally got to Hyun-Jin Ryu in the sixth in somewhat unexpected fashion. Connor Joe grounded out to start the inning but Gerardo Parra singled, bringing up Madison Bumgarner. The Bum sent a two-run blast into the seats to close the gap to 3. Ryu was visibly shaken, allowing back to back singles to Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt. After a quick mound visit from Rick Honeycutt, Ryu struck Longoria out on three pitches and got Buster Posey to ground out.
MadBum led another 1-2-3 effort with a Cody Bellinger lineout and strikeouts of CT3 and Muncy.
Brandon Crawford led the seventh off against Ryu with a single to right field. However, the Giants could not get anything going with Yangervis Solarte grounding into a double play and Connor Joe grounding out for out number 3.
Nick Vincent replaced Bumgarner in the seventh. Bumgarner simply did not get defensive help. Across six frames, he allowed five runs on five hits with none of those runs being earned. He walked two and struck out four. Russell Martin promptly doubled off of Vincent to start the inning with Alex Verdugo following up with a base hit. Verdugo moved to second on a Steven Duggar error. Hernandez grounded out and JT followed up with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to four. Vincent then intentionally walked Corey Seager to get to AJ Pollock who flew out on the first pitch.
Caleb Ferguson came on to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu in the eighth. Ryu put together a really solid effort, giving up two earned runs on six hits across his seven innings of labor. He struck out five and walked none, moving his season ERA across two starts to a gaudy 2.08. Ferg looked great. He induced a groundout from Gerardo Parra and struck out both the new Giant, Kevin Pillar, and the old Giant Brandon Belt, while working around a single from Steven Duggar.
Travis Bergen replaced Nick Vincent to face Belli, CT3, and Muncy who all were retired. Belli grounded out, CT3 flew out, and Max Muncy was called out on strikes.
Boy, the Giants made things interesting in the ninth. Yimi Garcia came in to close the game out and he was not given much of a leash. Evan Longoria took a 3-1 fastball into left field for a double and then Buster Posey was walked on four pitches. Big Ken Jansen came in to shut the door and made things even more interesting. His error allowed Brandon Crawford to reach and load the bases for Yangervis Solarte. Jansen walked Solarte on four pitches, plating a run. Scary.
Joe Panik struck out on three pitches to give us a little bit of a relief. However, noted Dodger killer Gerardo Parra came up big. He singled to center, driving in two and cutting the lead to a measly run. Pablo Sandoval pinch hit in the pitcher’s spot but grounded into a double play to end a potential run at a heartbreaker for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers win, 6-5.
W: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0)
L: Madison Bumgarner (0-2)
SV: Kenley Jansen (2)
The Dodger send Ross Stripling (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the hill against Derek Holland (0-1, 6.75 ERA).
The Dodgers will look to take the series from the division rival Giants and move to 5-2 to start the season.
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