LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-jin Ryu takes the mound for the Dodgers against the Padres on Sunday in their final game before the All-Star break, hoping to erase the taste of his last start and head into the break on a high note.
Ryu on Tuesday was handed the gift of gifts, a 5-0 lead after a half-inning of play against the Tigers, the most runs the Dodgers have scored in the first inning all season. But that lead was gone by the second inning, and Ryu wasn't around to see the end of the third inning, allowing seven runs while recording seven outs.
It was the fifth time in Ryu's career he has allowed at least five runs in a start. After each of his previous four clunkers he has rebounded well, going 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 28 strikeouts against seven walks in 25⅓ innings.
Ryu has allowed one run in 13 innings to the Padres this season and in three career starts has allowed two runs in 19⅓ innings, with 15 strikeouts and five walks.
Opposing Ryu on the mound is Tyson Ross, an All-Star for the Padres with a 2.93 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 42 walks in 122⅔ innings. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last four starts, with a 1.86 ERA during that span with 27 strikeouts and just two walks in 29 innings.
Ross has allowed seven runs, five earned, in 12 innings in two starts against the Dodgers this season, both losses. Ross is 7-9 on the season thanks in part to poor run support, but that's life on a team averaging under three runs per game on offense.
San Diego has scored two or fewer runs in 10 of Ross' 19 starts, and the Padres have lost six of his last seven outings despite a 3.06 ERA during that span because the team has scored just eight runs in those seven games.
Carl Crawford is 5-for-8 (.625) with two doubles and two walks against Ross.
Time: 1:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA