Hyun-Jin Ryu Strikes Out Eight In One Run Loss

Hyun-Jin Ryu put together an outing consisting of seven innings pitched, giving up seven hits and two runs. Ryu struck out eight Cleveland batters, and controlled his pitches to end up with no walks in the 5-4 loss. Ryu began the game throwing 33 strikes on 42 pitches, striking out four batters in three shutout innings. The Dodgers starting pitchers have ten games this year with eight strikeouts and no walks, including Ryu today.

No other MLB team has more than five such games this season. The starters have also walked two or less batters in 36 straight games, which is tied for the longest single season streak in the modern era. The Dodger staff isn’t only getting it done from the mound either. Only 20 starting pitchers are batting better than .154, including all five Dodgers starters. Ryu kept the impressive hitting alive, going 2-2 with an RBI double to get the scoring going in a three run fifth inning. Brian Wilson walked three and was charged with three runs in his 0.1 innings pitched. JP Howell cleaned up the Wilson mess, and Chris Perez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Ryu worked to help his own cause, knocking in the first run of the game for his team. Andre Ethier kept things going in the fifth a two run single, scoring Ryu and Dee Gordon to cut the lead to one. The Indians stretched the lead back up to two with a two run eighth inning. Scott Van Slyke sent a solo shot into the stands at Dodger Stadium to cut the lead back to one, 5-4. The Dodgers had a chance in the bottom of the ninth down one.

Puig flied out and Gordon struck out, cuing the Hanley Ramirez pinch hit for AJ Ellis. Ramirez took a two out walk, and Ethier followed with a soft fly ball that dropped for a double, moving Ramirez to third. Matt Kemp came up with runners on second and third, but flew out to center field to end the game, falling to the Indians 5-4.

The Dodgers end the three game home series with the Indians and will head to Colorado for a four game series with the Rockies.Two time NL Cy Young Winner Clayton Kershaw was voted National League Pitcher of the Month for June.

Kershaw was 6-0 with a 0.82 ERA, striking out 61 batters. Kershaw pitched 44 innings, holding his opponents to a .165 batting average. The dominant month of June for Kershaw consisted of his first no hitter, and followed that performance up with a shutout through seven innings.