Hyun-jin Ryu was sharp on Tuesday on seven days rest tossing seven innings only allowing a solo homer. The Los Angeles Dodgers gave him just enough run support to take care of the San Francisco Giants 2-1.
Even though the Dodgers only scored two runs there were great signs for the postseason all around. Ryu most likely pitched himself into a start for game three of the NLDS with his performamce after Ricky Nolasco has struggled in his last two starts.
Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp each blasted solo shots out to center field to account for the Dodgers offense. The homer for Puig was his 19th on the season while Kemp was 2-for-4 on the night. With Andre Ethier still unavailable to play it has been a positive sign that Kemp is 8-for-24 since he made his return from the DL last week.
Meanwhile Carl Crawford had three hits after having tough time at the plate since September 3 going 5-for-42 (.119) entering Tuesday.
The Dodgers sent Brian Wilson to the mound in the eighth inning to a loud mix of boos and a few cheers of appreciation. Wilson hasn’t been on the mound for San Francisco since April of last season. With his adrenaline pumping Wilson struck out two in a perfect inning with his last pitch at 95-mph.
The Dodgers are now 36-35 in division play and are trying to avoid being the first NL West Champion to have a record under .500 within the division.
WP: Hyun-jin Ryu (14-7)
LP: Matt Cain (8-10)
S: Kenley Jansen (28)