The long flight home from Australia is going to be much more enjoyable for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday than it will be for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hyun-jin Ryu pitched five strong innings but the story ended up being the offense that scored seven times to sweep the two-game series with a 7-5 win.
Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig, and Juan Uribe each had three hits to help knock Trevor Cahill around early. The big right-hander gave up five earned on eight hits and four walks in just four innings of work. This was the first time the Dodgers have ever beat Cahill who previously owned a 6-0 record.
The strong and steady offensive production was led by Gordon and Puig at the top of the lineup. The two combined to reach base eight times and were directly involved with either scoring or driving in six of the seven runs the Dodgers scored.
The baserunning was nowhere close to where it needs to be with errors in several key situations. The first two runs were scored on singles from Andre Ethier and Puig in which both were thrown out at second. Puig being thrown out had more to do with Gordon not scoring from second leaving Puig in no-man’s land.
Adrian Gonzalez and Gordon each had a sacrifice fly while Uribe brought in a run with an RBI double. Uribe hit the ball hard all day and looked good.
The ninth inning turned into an adventure for the bullpen that allowed four runs capped by a two-run homer from Mark Trumbo off Kenley Jansen. Other than the last inning, the pitching was great for the Dodgers in both of Saturday and Sunday’s games.
Ryu allowed only two hits while striking out five and walking one. A couple months down the road and this start would see Ryu go out for the sixth inning but manager Don Mattingly chose the conservative route still a week away from April. At this point of the year, 90 pitches is about as far as the Dodgers want Ryu to go.
The Dodgers figure to have a one of the strongest pitching staff’s in the major leagues this year. If the offense shows up like it did on Sunday afternoon in Sydney, the league will have a tough time against the Dodgers this year.
WP: Hyun-jin Ryu (1-0)
LP: Trevor Cahill (0-1)