Game Recap: Dodgers Lose Close Game, Lose Ryu to Injury
The red-hot Dodgers (8-2) moved on to St. Louis to face the Cardinals (4-5) to open up an important four-game road series.
The Dodgers sent Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 2.08 ERA) to the hill to face 2018 breakout Miles Mikolas (0-1, 7.20 ERA).
Justin Turner got the day off moving Max Muncy to third base and Alex Verdugo was given the start in right field because of the shuffle. The lineup shaped up to be a solid one, nonetheless.
Today’s Dodger lineup at Cardinals:
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 8, 2019
The Dodgers kicked off the scoring immediately, pounding the recently struggling Miles Mikolas for two runs. Joc Pederson was hit by a pitch to start the game and a Corey Seager single moved Joc to third to threaten early. Cody Bellinger grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice to bring home the first run of the game. AJ Pollock then followed up with a double of his own to bring Belli all the way home from second to push the lead to two. Max Muncy flied out and Alex Verdugo grounded out to end the top half of the first.
The Cards punched back in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at two apiece. Paul Goldschmidt walked and Jose Martinez erased him on a fielder’s choice, with Marcell Ozuna cranking a 115mph laser into the seats. Ryu came back and gave up a double to Paul DeJong but was able to escape that with a Yadier Molina lineout.
An easy 1-2-3 inning for Miles Mikolas against the bottom of the Dodger order.
Hyun-Jin Ryu induced a Harrison Bader groundout and struck out Kolten Wong. After making one pitch to Miles Mikolas, Hyun-Jin Ryu was forced from the game with an apparent injury which obviously is a big blow to the team. We wish Ryu the best of luck and hope the injury is nothing serious. Dylan Floro came on to replace Ryu and retired Miles Mikolas quickly.
.@HyunJinRyu99 left the game with a left groin strain. #Dodgers
— AlaNNa Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 9, 2019
Miles Mikolas with another 1-2-3 inning with three flyouts from the top of the lineup.
Dylan Floro posted a 1-2-3 inning of his own, highlighted by a strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt.
Mikolas was cruising with yet another 1-2-3 inning from the middle of the order, striking out Max Muncy.
Floro, putting in work, tossed another 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout of Paul DeJong.
Mikolas hit his second batter of the game with Russell Martin. Chris Taylor came on to pinch-hit for Dylan Floro and flew out. Joc Pederson was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, extending the inning for Corey Seager to single home Russell Martin to retake the lead. CodyLove worked a walk to load the bases with two outs for AJ Pollock who struck out.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 9, 2019
Scott Alexander came into the game. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout of Harrison Bader.
Max Muncy singled to start the inning and Enrique Hernandez doubled him over to third with one out. The Dodgers ended the threat with a Russell Martin fly ball for a double play due to an Enrique Hernandez base-running miscue. Harrison Bader is a good defensive center fielder.
Matt Carpenter led the bottom half of the sixth inning off with a single. The Dodgers brought in Joe Kelly in relief of Scott Alexander. Paul Goldschmidt walked. Jose Martinez delivered an RBI single to even the score in the sixth. Marcell Ozuna grounded into a double play to minimize the threat of Paul DeJong. Paul Goldschmidt then proceeded to score on a Joe Kelly wild pitch. Surprise, surprise. Paul DeJong singled. Yadier Molina lined out to end the inning but not before the Cardinals retook the lead.
John Gant came on in relief after a decent effort for Miles Mikolas. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout of Corey Seager.
Pedro Baez pitched a 1-2-3 inning of his own.
Cody Bellinger walked. Max Muncy grounded into a double play to end the top half of the inning.
Pedro Baez tossed another 1-2-3 inning.
Jordan Hicks came on for the save for the Cardinals. He struck out Alex Verdugo. He walked Enrique Hernandez. Russell Martin popped up for out number two and Justin Turner grounded out to end the ball game.
Cardinals Win, 4-3.
W: Miles Mikolas (1-1)
L: Joe Kelly (1-2)
SV: Jordan Hicks (2)
Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.31 ERA) will be sent to the mound to face Dakota Hudson (0-1, 5.40 ERA) at 4:45 pm PT.
The Dodgers moved to a stellar 8-3 and the Cardinals get back to .500 at 5-5. The Dodgers maintain a 1.5 game lead in the NL West over the San Diego Padres and remain only a half-game back of the Milwaukee Brewers for the best record in the National League.
I am so done watching Kelly……….scarier still……..he’s here for two more seasons after this one. Maybe OKC could use him. Kelly has faced 31 hitters, 14 of them have reached base and 9 of them have scored. His appearance in game three of the Rockies series is the only one I considered a good one. If Dave would limit his appearances to one or two hitters (since every other hitter he faces reaches base) maybe he could be useful somehow I keep repeating this but Dave doesn’t seem to care (Grin!)
I may be wrong, but I would believe Roberts gets ‘input’ from the FO as far as using Kelly, Baez and all so IDK. But what we ALL KNOW FOR A FACT is that NO team will reach and or be a success in the PS and or WS without a stellar lock down BP.. Tell one team that won it all without one.
…….and while I am whining about Kelly yet again, let me also be fair…………Kike Hernandez……….the game turned on his base running error last night IMO. He got away with this same type of stupidity in game three of the Colorado series. Did he forget how many outs there are in back to back games? REALLY??????? We all know he’s a good player and a nice team guy. BUT…….You learn how to keep track of how many outs there are in Little League. We all learned how and when to tag up in Little League. But as a professional and you still do it wrong twice in a week? That is ridiculous!!!!!!!!
In consecutive games(Colorado,St.Louis) I guess Kike didn’t ask either his teammates or his base-coach(s) how many outs there were or he thought he knew the correct number of outs. I hope his teammates give him a hard-time for these mental-lapses!
Just to add, there is a Mental as well the physical aspect of being an Every-day player. Kike is wanna-be Every-day player, who in reality is a utitlity-player!
Maybe Roberts will keep using Kelly until the team doesn’t make the postseason. Maybe he has to justify Freidman’s bonehead signing of this loser.
Kike needs to sit a game or 2. Mental errors can not be tolerated, especially 2 games in a row. Imagine if that happened with Lasorda managing, he would be crucified
Well folks , I must ask… is this what the Dodger offense will be like when confronted with teams who have much better pitching than Colorado or AZ.? I realize as we all do that the Dodgers will not score 8 or more runs every day nor will they hit HR’s every single day. As far a s Ryu goes, hopefully it isn’t too serious but I would guess that in any event , 2019 will be his last year in Dodger Blue, WSS.
Before we put done our deposit on WS tickets, let’s wait until we play good teams. Someone needs to find out what Ryu is doing in the off season that is making him so vulnerable to injury. And yes, Roberts is following orders. That was a condition of employment.
Darn. Now we have to play real teams.
I wonder with the “perceived weakness” of the NL-West, will the Dodgers be looked-at as “not as good a team” because their record(majority-wise) will be against the NL-West. Most experts out there say the NL-Central and East have better teams than the West. I think the Padres will be better than what the experts say.