Dodgers Lose Big in Series Opener with the Giants

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers may have lost more than just a game Friday night. Hyun-jin Ryu left after one inning with an irritated left shoulder. It is a similar injury to what landed the left-hander on the disabled list at the end of April.

Ryu was roughed up in the first inning giving up four runs before the seats were warm. The Dodgers never recovered and had little success on offense in a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of the rival San Francisco Giants.

The loss means that the Dodgers cling to a one-game lead in the NL West heading into the weekend. A red-hot Giants team is breathing down their necks and the last thing they need is Ryu to suddenly become unavailable.

After getting the first out, Ryu allowed back-to-back doubles to Joe Panik and Buster Posey giving the Giants a quick 1-0 lead in the first. Hunter Pence and Joaquin Arias both added RBI-singles while Brandon Crawford doubled in another. When the dust settled on the opening frame, Ryu had faced nine batters and threw 27 pitches.

Ryu will find out about his injury in the morning when he is examined by the Dodgers team physician, Dr.  Neal ElAttrache.

The Dodgers were up against it with Madison Bumgarner on the hill for the Giants. Bumgarner has only lost one game all year when his team scores more than two runs. With a four-run lead to work with, Bumgarner rolled right through the Dodger lineup only allowing three hits while walking two in seven scoreless innings.

The only threat the Dodger lineup could muster came in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a 12-pitch walk to Justin Turner. But true to form for this season — Dodgers are hitting .163 with the bases loaded in 2014 — Adrian Gonzalez would fly out to end the inning.

With Ryu out after just an inning, the Dodgers used only four other pitchers the rest of the way. Chris Perez pitched a scoreless second despite walking a pair, followed by Carlos Frias for three innings. Frias allowed a two-run homer to Crawford in the fifth.

It wasn’t any better for Kevin Correia when he followed Frias for two innings, although it could have been different. Correia actually should have retired the first three batters of the seventh but a wild third strike allowed Gregor Blanco to reach safely at first.

Two batters later pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa launched a three-run shot to right field to put the game even further out of reach.

Zack Greinke looks to right the ship on Saturday for the Dodgers as they face the veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.

WP: Madison Bumgarner (18-9, 2.91)

LP: Hyun-jin Ryu (14-7, 3.38)