Yasiel Puig hit a monstrous two-run home run (his longest in the Statcast era), powering the Dodgers to a 7-2 victory over former Skipper Don Mattingly and the Marlins. Hyun-Jin Ryu did it all on Thursday night, he pitched 5.1 innings of two-run ball, made a great defensive play, hit a double, and scored a run.
Hyun-Jin Ryu recovered from the beating he received in Colorado when the Rockies scored ten runs in the first four innings. He threw 79 pitches (48 strikes) before he was removed from the game with one out in the sixth inning after being hit by a comebacker. It appears that the Dodgers removed for as an extra caution and not because of an injury. Ryu had already been hit by a pitch earlier in the game, so he will likely have a couple bruises after this one.
Ryu also added to the fun with his bat, fielding, and speed. In the second inning, he got a fastball over the plate from Edinson Volquez and hit it hard to the gap in right-center field for a double. Ryu then scored on a single by Corey Seager. Ryu’s fielding was also impressive, as he stole a hit from former teammate Dee Gordon with a leaping grab on a bouncer.
Yasiel Puig hit his eighth home run of the year with a monstrous homer. He got a fastball over the heart of the plate and made Volquez pay. The exit velocity of the home run was 111.2 mph and traveled a projected 442 feet according to Statcast. It was his longest home run since 2015.
Kenley Jansen entered the game in the eighth inning to record a four-out save. He struck out J.T. Realmuto looking to get the Dodgers out of a jam in the eighth inning. He then got to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning, and he hit an infield single, loading the bases. The Dodgers only scored two runs in the inning, despite loading the bases, but Jansen enjoyed running the bases. He then went out to pitch the ninth inning and struck out all three batters he faced on nine pitches, becoming the 79th player to pitch an immaculate inning. It was the first time that Jansen had thrown one in the Major Leagues (his other came in the World Baseball Classic).
Keys To The Game:
A Big Out At Third:
In the second inning, Giancarlo Stanton was on second base with no outs. Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a pitch that bounced off Yasmani Grandal and in the direction of the Dodgers’ third base dugout. Stanton took off in an attempt to take third base, but Grandal threw perfectly to Justin Turner, who tagged Stanton to record a big out.
Sluggers In The Nine Hole:
Hyun-Jin Ryu started the game in the pitcher’s spot in the lineup, the nine spot. In the second inning, Ryu hit a double, to right-center field and scored a run. Ryu is not known for his speed or hitting but has 22 hits in his career. Kenley Jansen batted in the nine hole in the ninth inning and hit an infield single that looked like it surprised the Marlins. Honestly, it surprised everyone at Dodger Stadium and those who were watching on TV.
Justin Nicolino will try to snap a five-game losing streak for the Marlins and the NL Player of the Week, Alex Wood, will look to give the Dodgers a 3-game winning streak. Nicolino pitched 7.1 scoreless innings in his last start at Chavez Ravin. Wood has a record of 4-3 against the Marlins with an ERA of 3.42 in eleven career games. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.