Entering Monday night Hyun-jin Ryu hadn’t lost since June 19 and had won his previous five starts. In the battle of rookies, Ryu lost to Jose Fernandez who picked up his ninth victory of the season.
The final score might have been 6-2 but when Ryu left with one out in the eighth inning it was 3-2 ballgame. The bullpen that has been a rock for the Dodgers over the last two months gave up four runs in just 2/3 innings.
After striking out the first hitter he faced, Chris Withrow left a fastball up and out over the plate that Giancarlo Stanton didn’t miss. Stanton hit it 428 feet into the Marlins pile of lights and Dolphins which is the biggest waste of money outside of the glove and Coca-Cola bottle at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Don Mattingly then went to J.P. Howell who had a 0.52 ERA in his last 21 appearances. Howell didn’t get an out and gave up three hits that would plate two runs on an RBI single each for Ed Lucas and Adeiny Hechavarria.
Carlos Marmol would come in and finally stop the bleeding getting the last out. Now with a four run lead, the Marlins still brought their closer, Steve Cishek, in the game to get the final three outs and hand the Dodgers their first losing streak in 52 games.
Ryu had only two innings in which he gave up hits, the third and the sixth. In each inning he would give up three consecutive hits with the Marlins scoring two in the third and one in the sixth.
Fernandez was just as good as advertised in his six innings striking out eight Dodgers in his six innings. As far as the other rookie in the game garnering rookie of the year hype, Yasiel Puig was 0-for-5 with a couple strikeouts.
At one point in the ballgame Puig’s anger was getting the best of him but teammates were there to cool him down and walk him back down the tunnel into the clubhouse to make sure he regained focus.
WP: Jose Fernandez (9-5)
LP: Hyun-jin Ryu (12-4)
Juan Uribe is now 16 for his last 31 at-bats including six for his last eight.