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Game Recap: Dodgers Even Series Behind Ryu Despite Late Rally

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.

1st Inning:

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.

0-0, tied.

2nd Inning:

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.

0-0, tied.

3rd Inning:

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.

5-0, Dodgers.

4th Inning:

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.

5-0, Dodgers.

5th Inning:

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.

5-0, Dodgers.

6th Inning:

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.

5-2, Dodgers.

7th Inning:

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.

6-2, Dodgers.

8th Inning:

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.

6-2, Dodgers.

9th Inning:

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.

Results:

W: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0)

L: Madison Bumgarner (0-2)

SV: Kenley Jansen (2)

Next Up:

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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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics and Broadcast Journalism dual major at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Keep this up Daniel,for those of us who dont get the games.on tv its the best place to get a good rundown of what happened. Thsnks!

  2. Wait a minute fellas……..Yimi was pitching well, his pitch movement and location was excellent and I’m not a big Yimi fan……..he (Yimi) was getting squeezed by the umpire last nite. As for Kenley……..he WAS struggling but he has not looked right in quite a while (to me)…….BUT……..the elephant in the room……..Dave Roberts (Again)…….I like Dave okay but sometimes I have to sit there on my couch and scream at the television, he drives me to do it……had he inserted Freese @ first for defensive purposes in the 8th or 9th innings like most smart managers would have, the outcome would not have been so hair raising. We ALL know Max is a defensive liability. He is in the lineup for his BAT. It is 6 to 2, we don’t need him out there any longer. That throw Muncy made in the 9th inning, two feet away from Kenley covering the bag and he holds the ball deciding where to go, so then he had to whip the ball to first, that put Kenley in a tough spot……….just my opine I know, but that is how I saw things.

    • i watched the game on tv(cable). So here’s my take. I’m surprised Freese or Bellinger wasn’t at 1B replacing Muncy. From now on Muncy at 1B in a close game will make me nervous. The Dodgers relief corp is shaky at best right now. What’s Jensen’s excuse for his wildness? At least Ryu looked solid in 7 innings, maybe he can go longer 8, 9 innings(gasp, a complete game!).

      • Hello Robin, I concur, as I posted to bluz1st about Muncy. And we won’t win too many games with this current BP that is for sure. In no way should last night’s game end up a tight 6 to 5 win. Against any of the better teams in this league, we would have lost the game last night, no questions about it.

    • You are right on, bluz1st about Muncy. I have said it before and will say it again… he can be moved in a deal for another reliever because I can tell you and anyone else around here that no matter what Bellinger does or may do , WE WILL NOT, I REPEAT WILL NOT make it to October baseball with this current BP tanking in the way it has thru these first 6 games, period!

  3. I almost forgot……….Kike Hernandez………..everyone is talking about Bellinger and his five home runs, rightly so……….BUT Kike…….he wins the second base job to start the season and he does not look like he is every going give it back. Coupled with his complete ownership of Madison (Snot Mad) Bumgarner, (and all Puig fans can appreciate that one) we should be talking about Kike too! What a start!

    • Yes indeed ! Kike has been hitting RHP well enough now that we do NOT need to see him being platooned. But you and everyone else know how FO and Roberts work so stay tuned….

  4. Please add Yimi Garcia to the list of ineffective relievers we currently pay a salary to. He joins the list of Kelly and Baez. The Snakes and the Gnats are not powerhouse teams by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, they hang around, very pesky, waiting to seize on our miscues!!!!! This weekend, we will visit the Rox, I believe. Its only the second week of the season, but we need to step it up. Platooning is not producing dividends as far as I am concerned. Go Blue!!! Go Azul and PD Jr.!!!!!!!!

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