Bill DeLury is the second-longest tenured employee in Dodgers history. He began working in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ mail room on Sept. 1, 1950. Now the team’s “Advisor, team travel,” he estimates that he’s seen 10 no-hitters in person. Josh Beckett’s on Sunday in Philadelphia was the 10th. Hyun-Jin Ryu almost made it 11. Ryu retired the first 21 Cincinnati Reds batters he faced Monday at Dodger Stadium. Todd Frazier broke up the perfect game, and the no-hitter, with a double to lead off the eighth inning. The announced crowd of 45,505 settled for a 4-3 Dodgers win – and a team record. Between the eighth inning Saturday and the eighth inning Monday, Dodgers pitchers didn’t allow a hit. Not even DeLury has seen the Dodgers do that since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Ryu (5-2) also lost his shutout in the eighth inning and needed Kenley Jansen’s four-out save to preserve the win. Ryu needed only 82 pitches to get through seven innings, then threw 13 in the eighth while retiring just one batter. The left-hander finished with seven strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. He’s won both his starts since a three-week stay on the disabled list to begin the month of May. “I feel really good right now, going back to my last game,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “I think the break did well for my physical condition.” Dodgers catcher Drew Butera, who also caught Beckett’s no-hitter, said he had never caught Ryu in a game before Monday. “I talked to both A.J. (Ellis) and (Tim Federowicz), got some information from them to see what made (Ryu) tick, what he likes to throw in certain counts, what might get him back in order in case he gets out of line a little bit,” Butera said. “For me tonight it was great. He had command of all his pitches. It made my job easy.” With a fastball that touched 95 on the radar gun and a curveball that dipped as low as 72, Ryu managed to keep the Reds badly off-balance for most of the night. So how did he lose his groove? It’s easy to blame the bottom of the seventh inning, which lasted nearly a half-hour as the Dodgers scored three runs against Reds starter Johnny Cueto (4-4). The inning began with a 16-pitch at-bat by Justin Turner that resulted in a walk. Ryu had a hand in the rally himself, hitting a ground ball to third base that Zack Cozart lost while transferring the ball out of his glove. The error allowed Turner to score and Ryu to reach first base. Ryu got a jacket from the dugout and eventually scored from second base on an RBI double by Carl Crawford.
Hyun-Jin Ryu flirts with perfection in Dodgers’ 4-3 win
L.A. Daily News | May 27