Dodgers Vs. Padres Recap: Ryu And Bullpen Protect Early Lead In Win
Eric Stults was on the mound to face his former team, whom he hasn’t fared well against in his career. Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single to left in the first inning and he easily stole second base. Stults walked Yasiel Puig, with ball four being a wild pitch that allowed Ramirez to advance to third.
Adrian Gonzalez hit back to the box, but instead of it being a double play, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera threw the ball away at first and Ramirez scored on the error. Conversely, Hyun-Jin Ryu breezed through his first inning of work.
Scott Van Slyke hit a leadoff single in the second and scored on a two-out base hit by Dee Gordon. A.J. Ellis was thrown out at home to end the inning as he also attempted to score. Ryu picked up his first strikeout of the game in the bottom of the second as the Padres failed to generate any offense.
Stults issued a one-out walk to Van Slyke in the fourth, then got help from Cabrera, who made a diving stop to rob Justin Turner of a base hit. Turner beat the throw to first to prevent a double play, but it would be all for naught as A.J. Ellis struck out to end the inning.
Ryu’s perfect game ended in the bottom of the fourth on a Chris Denorfia line drive that nearly hit the Dodger starter in the head. After a walk to Carlos Quentin, Tommy Medica hit a chopper to Ramirez’s right that he got to and threw to third base for the force out. Rene Rivera then flied out to left to end the inning.
Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double off the left-center field wall in the sixth inning. The Dodgers wouldn’t cash in on the hit however, as Van Slyke and Turner both grounded out to end the inning.
Denorfia hit a leadoff double for the Padres in the sixth and took third on a Cabrera ground out. Denorfia then scored on a Quentin grounder to Ramirez. Medica hit a two-out double to center, but was stranded as Rivera fouled out.
J.P. Howell took over for the Dodgers at the start of the seventh and pitched a one-two-three inning. Howell also retired the first batter in the eighth before giving way to Brian Wilson. The right-hander walked Cabrera, but got out of the inning without allowing any runs.
Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth for the third consecutive game and struck out the side to earn the save as the Dodgers won, 2-1.
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