Hyun-Jin Ryu won 98 games as a professional pitcher in his native South Korea. In 2008, he won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing. As a major-league rookie last year in Los Angeles, Ryu won 14 games for the Dodgers. It should come as no surprise, then, that Ryu looked right at home at the Sydney Cricket Ground today. With his older brother, Hyun-Soo, in attendance, the Dodgers’ left-hander threw five shutout innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing only two singles, walking one batter and striking out five. The Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5, sweeping their historic two-game series. One day before his first start of the season, Ryu confessed to a rare case of anxiety. It was no different before his first major-league start a year ago, a game in which he was shelled for 10 hits and got no run support in a loss to the San Francisco Giants. This game went much better for Ryu, who only allowed four earned runs in four Cactus League starts. And he had help. Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon (3 for 4), Yasiel Puig (3 for 5), Andre Ethier (2 for 4) and Juan Uribe (3 for 5) had multi-hit games. The Dodgers inflicted slow and painful punishment, scoring one run in the first inning, two in the third, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and another in the seventh. Puig singled in the first inning, his first hit of the season. With one out, Ethier singled and Puig scored from second base. A single by Ryu, a double by Gordon and an RBI single by Puig – who was thrown out in a rundown between first and second base – gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Gordon scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez. Mike Baxter’s double-play groundout with the bases loaded in the fifth inning drove in Gonzalez with the Dodgers’ fourth run. Uribe belted an RBI double to left field to score Ethier and make it a 5-0 game. Gordon led off the sixth inning with a bunt single and went to second base when catcher Miguel Montero overthrew first base. Puig drove in Gordon with a double to left field, giving the Dodgers a 6-0 lead. Gordon’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the seventh inning drove in A.J. Ellis with the Dodgers’ seventh and final run.
Dodgers make it a Sydney sweep against Diamondbacks
L.A. Daily News | Mar 23