Ryu Hyun-jin Throws Complete Shutout for Dodgers

Ross Houston
May 14, 2019

The Nationals were nearly no-hit for the first time since moving to Washington in 2005. Waived by San Francisco last week, Parra could be in the lineup again on Sunday as the Nationals conclude this four-game series against the host Dodgers.

The Dodgers responded with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. He has a WHIP of 0.85 and has struck out 27 batters in 26 innings.

Strasburg gave them a chance in the finale, allowing two runs and four hits in six frames.

The former Giant continued tormenting Los Angeles in his second game as a National, smashing a go-ahead, two-out grand slam in the eighth inning against Dylan Floro in the Dodgers' 5-2 loss. There's been little time to breathe, if any, from Opening Day on March 28 to when Parra's blast appeared to revive a flatlining team. "For him to get a win was gratifying not only for him but for the club", Washington manager Dave Martinez said of Scherzer. That logic had held true for the Nationals in Los Angeles. Anthony Rendon is back from a left elbow contusion, although he did not have a hit in seven at-bats during consecutive defeats to the Brewers.

The Dodgers have homered in 16 of 18 at Chavez Ravine, smashing 33 out of the park. And he put in a strong effort, mostly limiting the Dodgers to soft contact, pushing to 97 pitches to keep the Nationals in line to strike. "You never want to come out of a game like that". It was a rare putout from right with a pitcher lumbering out of the box.

Washington challenged the call, but it stood after a replay review.

The Nationals went quickly in the seventh, but not without testing Ryu a bit more. He threw 92 pitches and allowed a pair of homers, seemingly lacking the command that had made him so lethal in 2018 and during his first two starts of the new season. The hit lofted toward the left field wall as Joc Pederson drifted into the corner. While Gerardo Parra broke it up with a one-out, ground-rule double, Ryu still turned in an exceptional outing. Wilmer Difo, trying to bunt for a hit, moved Parra to third despite being the tying run. Victor Robles led the way, going 2 for 4. Both would have been better options to tilt the game in Washington's favor.

"I kind of saw it come toward me and it looked like it was coming toward my face so I just tried to protect myself and felt it hit the side of my hand", Fried said.

Corey Seager took the pressure off with a grand slam in the 8th following a JT hit by pitch, a Bellinger bloop single, and a Verdugo walk to start things, so hopefully marking the start of his breakout. Strasburg once gave the Nationals a chance to win.

Given Kershaw's recent track record and Buehler's slow start to the 2019 season, it could be Ryu who takes up the mantle as the most notable arm in the Dodgers' pitching staff.

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