Hyun-jin Ryu’s Gem Pushes the Dodgers past the Reds

Hyun-jin Ryu was brilliant on Saturday night only allowing two hits and one run to the Cincinnati Reds as the Los Angeles Dodgers took the third game in the series 4-1.

The game was the 14th sellout of the year for the Dodgers as 52,675 looked on as fellow countrymen Ryu and Shin-Soo Choo met for the first time in America. As for the personal matchup Choo was 0-for-2 with a walk. Choo wasn’t alone in having a tough time with Ryu as the lefty only allowed three baserunners all night.

Ryu has been just as good as advertised with a 3.14 ERA in 20 starts and averages more than five strikeouts per start. At home Ryu is almost unbeatable at 5-1 with a 1.83 ERA and the Dodgers are 14-6 when he starts.

In the bottom of the first Hanley Ramirez knocked in his 34th RBI in just his 41st start of the season with a single to score Yasiel Puig. The Reds would answer right back with a Jay Bruce solo homer to quickly tie it in the top of the second.

After the homer to Bruce, Ryu would only allow a Chris Heisey triple the rest of the night as he retired the last 13 batters he faced.

Skip Schumaker has been on a tear recently and raised his batting average to .270 with a 2-for-4 night that included a two-run homer in the fifth inning off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. Schumaker would later come around on a single from Adrian Gonzalez to put the Dodgers up 4-1.

So what has changed for Schumaker to break out with the bat? Well since he changed back to his regular 55 from the three he had been in, he has gone 13-for-34 (.382) with two homers and six RBI.

With the win the Dodgers secure the fact that they haven’t lost a series in the last eleven tries going 25-6 since June 22.

WP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3)

LP: Bronson Arroyo (9-8)

S: Kenley Jansen (14)

Notes:

Yasiel Puig was 2-for-3 Saturday meaning he has 22 multi-hit games in his 44th career start.