Not only did he lose the game, but Hyun-Jin Ryu most likely lost himself the Cy Young award with his lousy pitching performance against the Diamondbacks. And to make matters worse, the Dodger offense looked terrible and it got worse as the game spiraled out of control.
On August 17, Ryu was the runaway National League Cy Young winner. He had a 1.64 ERA and everything was going great. But in his last 2 starts, he’s been a disaster. He’s allowed 7 runs in both starts, against the Yankees at Dodger Stadium, and most recently, against the Diamondbacks.
Ryu cruised through the first 3 innings, but everything went wrong after that. He allowed 4 runs in the 4th, an inning where the D-backs batted around, then he gave up 3 runs in the 5th before Dave Roberts finally pulled him.
I don’t know what Roberts was thinking. It was clear to absolutely everyone else that Ryu was a disaster. But Roberts waited until Ryu had allowed 7 runs before he took action. It’s just unbelievable.
And then there are the Dodger bats. Sure, they scored 5 runs. But that’s not enough in a game where the opposition scores 11. They left 8 runners on base and went 2-9 with runners in scoring position. They only struck out 7 times, but those strikeouts came when they desperately needed to put the ball in play.
Maybe a new day and a new pitcher will be good for the Dodgers. Tony Gonsolin will try to get the Dodgers back on track as Zac Gallen tries to keep the D-Backs rolling. Gonsolin is 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA and Gallen is 2-4 with a 2.56 ERA. The game will begin at 6:40 pm.