Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Quick take: Giants 3, Dodgers 0
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' newest starting pitcher looked wobbly and their choice to replace Hanley Ramirez even wobblier, but the slowest-starting part of the team has been the offense.
That can happen when you run into Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner back-to-back.
The Dodgers have scored in just one of their first 17 innings at bat so far against the San Francisco Giants, and that rally was sparked by pitcher Clayton Kershaw's home run on Opening Day.
Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu found ways to diffuse problems in front of 41,431 fans Tuesday, allowing 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. His effort to escape deep trouble was thwarted by some wild throws by shortstop Justin Sellers in the seventh inning. The runs came in when Sellers' throw to catcher A.J. Ellis sailed high and right after Bumgarner's chopper just past the mound.
Ryu had an eventful evening making his major-league debut at Dodger Stadium, the same place where he first wowed Dodgers scouts four years earlier in the World Baseball Classic. The Giants led off the first two innings with back-to-back singles and had eight hits by the time Ryu got one out in the fourth inning. But he got a couple of key double plays, one of which was nearly a triple play. Sellers elected not to throw to first with speedy Andres Torres running in the second inning.
The Dodgers picked up just two hits, their only base runners in eight innings off Bumgarner.
Ryu barely got out of the batter's box on his fifth-inning groundout to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who appeared to laugh after throwing Ryu out after the pitcher barely got one-third of the way to first base.