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Dodgers 1, Padres 0: Hyun-jin Ryu’s Great Start Bails Out Quiet Offense

If it wasn’t for the Dodgers’ outstanding starting pitching, the narrative heading into the all-star break would be much different than what it probably will be. Sure, the Dodgers won 1-0, but if they hadn’t pulled out victories in the final two games there would be a lot of complaints about the offense (which remains one of the best in baseball over the course of the season).

The world doesn’t need much more evidence that the Padre offense is bad, but consider this. On Thursday night, Clayton Kershaw retired the first seven batters that he faced. On Saturday night, Paul Maholm retired the first ten batters that he faced. And this afternoon, Hyun-jin Ryu retired the first eleven batters that he faced. He shook off a Chase Headley comebacker which appeared to hit left forearm in the first inning and went on to pitch one of his best games of the year.

Ryu didn’t have much command against the Tigers earlier this week, but his curveball and slider in particular looked very sharp today. The only hits Ryu allowed were a Carlos Quentin looping single to short left field and Alexi Amarista‘s grounder up the middle. He also struck out ten batters and walked none. If there is one thing to critique in Ryu’s start today, it’s that he only made it through six innings. Mattingly’s hook seemed a bit quick, since Ryu only made 92 pitches. He also batted in the prior inning and isn’t pitching again for eight days. Nevertheless, the Dodgers would take that start ten times out of ten.

Tyson Ross nearly matched Ryu, pitching seven innings while striking out nine batters and walking one. The Dodgers had a very difficult time with his slider, swinging and missing at it or only managing weak contact. The Dodgers almost broke through in the second inning, starting with runners on first and third with nobody out. However, A.J. Ellis struck out and Miguel Rojas lined to third, which turned into an easy double play. To Rojas’ credit, he hit the ball hard. Ross kept the Dodgers bats quiet until the sixth inning. Dee Gordon singled (and stole second on a pitchout). Carl Crawford walked behind him, and Puig singled up the middle to drive the run in. He was pretty excited:


GIF link, via Chad

Puig went on to add a double to the gap in the eighth inning. The all-star game is usually boring, but I’m really excited to see Puig in Minneapolis.

The bullpen mostly picked off where Ryu left off. Brandon League allowed two baserunners and only got two outs in the seventh. League was hurt by his own issues on defense, failing to touch first base on what would have been an inning-ending double play (it was really close, but a challenge on the play was ruled inconclusive). J.P. Howell cleaned up League’s mess in the seventh, then pitched a scoreless eighth. Kenley Jansen, pitching for the third day in a row, walked a batter and allowed a single before striking out noted Dodger-Killer Seth Smith to secure the victory.

The Dodgers will now head into the all-star break with a 54-43 record, the best in the National League. They re-open the season against the Cardinals in St Louis on Friday, but all eyes will be on the Dodgers’ four all-stars. In the meantime, you can expect coverage of prospects from Dodgers Digest, with Dustin on the Futures Game and an updated top prospects list in the coming days.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


360 comments
DBrim
DBrim moderator

MY OPINION IS RIGHT AND YOURS IS WRONG and also I have not seen that movie

insideThePark
insideThePark

Unless Django got to kill aliens, he was gonna say, "nope."

insideThePark
insideThePark

I liked it too but Fault in Our Stars and Maleficent made more money domestically.

insideThePark
insideThePark

people thought they were so cool for knowing that Leo actually cut his hand and didn't break character.

newsflash: everybody knew that!

insideThePark
insideThePark

Will Smith woulda ruined it with his preening. Jamie Foxx is much more versatile.

insideThePark
insideThePark

Will Smith has a list of movies he will do... and only off that list. He has it down to a science.

Lobo
Lobo

@InsideThePark (All Star Break) I've read a few interesting articles saying Will Smith is the last true movie star we have.  That science he has it down to is the reason why

insideThePark
insideThePark

he kind of ruined his streak by trying to make his son a thing. Nepotism... the cause of so much enabling failure.

insideThePark
insideThePark

yeah people have soured on Tom Cruise.

Put Chris Pine in Edge of Tomorrow and that movie makes a lot more.

Lobo
Lobo

@P_F_P @Lobo @InsideThePark (All Star Break) Think about it though.  Before After Earth, what was the last Will Smith film that WASN'T a huge box office success.  People, and I don't just mean some people but a LOT of people, will go see a movie just because Will Smith is in it.  I can't think of many others that fit that bill anymore.  I will probably give you Leo, but that might be it.

Lobo
Lobo

@P_F_P @Lobo @InsideThePark (All Star Break) I did not realize Knight and Day made that much money.  OK, I'll give you Tom Cruise too.  It's still an interesting argument that the idea of the classic "Movie Star" is kind of dying

insideThePark
insideThePark

just need to give a quick shout-out to China like they did in X-Men to boost those numbers. Transformers did the same thing.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Wait a second... BILL DIES?!!  Well I guess I don't have to see THAT movie!

insideThePark
insideThePark

They're making a third one... so PLOT TWIST.

insideThePark
insideThePark

Reservoir Dogs hasn't aged well.

Pulp for the repeatable lines.

very smart poster
very smart poster

VND watches around 2 movies a year. VND has never seen Jackie Brown. does not intend to.

insideThePark
insideThePark

I thought it was fitting the final showdown was what it was. Getting to Bill was the mountain top. The "kill" part was just a formality.

insideThePark
insideThePark

hahahah.... I just checked his IMDB page. I can't quite figure out how they're gonna make a Vol, III

insideThePark
insideThePark

jeez... can you lay that cheese on any thicker??? Unless of course it was a royale with cheese...

Lobo
Lobo

@P_F_P @#needshitforcycle It's a shitton of fun though.  Not as objectively great as say Pulp Fiction or Inglourious Basterds, but the fight sequences alone make it worth watching.  The Crazy 88's sequence is incredible, AND it has a cameo from the star of two of the greatest old school martial arts films ever made, Gordon Liu, star of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Heroes of the East

Seager_for_Senate
Seager_for_Senate

@P_F_P All of Tarantino's films are a distillation of superior source material, though packed with great characters and some excellent vignettes. That he has such good taste in genre films -- spaghetti westerns, samurai films -- is his greatest virtue.

Lobo
Lobo

@P_F_P @Lobo @#needshitforcycle I think the more familiar you are with old martial arts films, the more you like it.  My uncle loves them because he's been watching martial arts films his whole life, and he's shown so many of them to me that I love it too.  I think it's kind of the case with most of Tarantino's films, the more familiar you are with the type of works he draws from, the more you'll like it.  That's why his most popular films are Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Inglourious Basterds, because most people are familiar with gangster films, crime films, and war films.  A lot of people have passing familiarity with martial arts films, but it's mostly the more mainstream stuff like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee (not that they aren't great).  If you're familiar with the old Shaw Brothers stuff or anything like that then Kill Bill is an absolute treat

Seager_for_Senate
Seager_for_Senate

@Lobo @P_F_P @#needshitforcycle Having watched a bajillion spaghetti westerns, I enjoyed aspects of Django for that same reason. Still, though, after a while it's hard to heap a lot of praise on a pastiche. You kind of just want people to get into the originals rather than get the Tarantino version. 

Lobo
Lobo

@P_F_P @Lobo @#needshitforcycle I think that's the only Tarantino film I haven't seen.  Saw the other half of Grindhouse (Planet Terror which is pretty awesome) but not Death Proof