The Los Angeles Dodgers came away with a 2-1 victory in the series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Dan Haren turned in another strong start and timely hits were enough for the Dodgers to win a third consecutive game over the Diamondbacks.
On the mound Saturday is Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has provided stability to the starting rotation after returning from the disabled list. In 24 starts this season, the southpaw is 14-6 with a 3.18 ERA. In his first start off the DL, the South Korea native went seven innings and only allowed one run in a victory. Ryu now looks to continue his winning ways by attempting to defeat a team he’s had success against this season.
In two starts this season against the Diamondbacks, Ryu is 2-0 and hasn’t allowed a run to get across. In 12 innings pitched, he has only allowed four hits and issued two walks. In those starts, the lefty has also racked up 13 strikeouts.
Taking the hill for the Diamondbacks is Chase Anderson. The rookie is 8-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 18 starts this season. Anderson found a place in the starting rotation due to all the injuries the Diamondbacks have had to deal with this season.
In his brief career, the right-handed pitcher has made two starts against the Dodgers and compiled a record of 1-1. In 10.1 innings pitched, the 26 year old has allowed 11 hits and seven runs. Anderson has also been susceptible to the long ball as he has allowed three home runs.
Joc Pederson starts in center field in place of Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford takes over for Scott Van Slyke in left field. Dee Gordon starts at second base after a night off.
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