The Dodgers won their 6th straight game with a 2-0 shutout against the Giants on Saturday, tying the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers’ franchise record of 105 wins. Hyun-Jin Ryu made his final push for the Cy Young Award, hurling 7 innings of shutout ball, essentially locking up the NL ERA title (2.32).
Russell Martin dunked a single to left field with one out in the top of the 3rd for the first base hit of the game for either team. Ryu wasn’t able to get the sac bunt down, striking out. Joc Pederson flied out, stranding Martin.
Ryu’s changeup was working well. Ryu struck out four in the first three frames on the changeup, not a single ball leaving the infield.
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s Changeup and Cutter (home plate view). pic.twitter.com/TVIpVxogSo— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 28, 2019
Mauricio Dubon and Buster Posey singled in the 4th, but Ryu continued his excellent pitching with RISP. The Giants stranded another two runners after stranding 17 in the series opener Friday. Hitters had a .190 average against Ryu with RISP coming into Saturday’s contest.
Gavin Lux doubled with one out in the 5th and took third on a Martin groundout, setting the stage for the legend that is Babe Ryuth. The big guy scorched a RBI single to cash in Lux in the 5th to give the Dodgers their first run and lead of the day.
Light work for Ryu. pic.twitter.com/J489qHp4Vq— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 28, 2019
The Dodgers added a second run in the 6th on Max Muncy‘s 35th dong of the year, tying his career-high mark from last year. The Dodgers now have three players with 35+ homers (Muncy, Pederson, Cody Bellinger).
Not quite to the ocean but it’ll work! pic.twitter.com/biUTPAsJWH— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 28, 2019
Ryu’s final line: 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 97 pitches (66 strikes). With the dominant showing in his final regular season start, it gives him the NL ERA title with a Major League best 2.32 ERA.
Kenta Maeda pitched 2 innings of scoreless ball in the 7th and 8th. Then Kenley Jansen gave us a scare again in the 9th. He hit Evan Longoria with a pitch and gave up a single to Kevin Pillar to bring the winning run to the plate. He settled down and struck out Stephen Vogt, Jaylin Davis, and Alex Dickerson.
At least next week is going to be stress-free, right?
Pederson’s potty mouth let loose after a check swing call.
The Dodgers wrap up the regular season Sunday as Rich Hill (4-1, 2.59 ERA, 4.19 FIP) makes his final bid to prove he’s healthy enough to pitch in the postseason. Unfortunately the Dodgers won’t get one more shot to piss off Madison Bumgarner in a Giants uniform. Bruce Bochy announced after Friday’s game that MadBum won’t pitch Sunday but will sit and help him manage on the bench. Derek Rodriguez (6-10, 5.27 ERA, 5.59 FIP) starts for San Francisco instead. Nevertheless, it should be a fun day for baseballing with all MLB games starting at 12 PM PST.