Hyun-jin Ryu’s final audition for a potential postseason roster spot did not go well at all, allowing three home runs in two innings in his final start of the season in the Dodgers’ 9-1 loss to the Rockies on Friday night at Coors Field.
Ryu recorded all of six outs in the series opener and also allowed six hits, with three leaving the park. Nolan Arenado hit a solo shot, while Mark Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon followed with two-run dingers, matching Ryu’s total home runs allowed in his previous six starts.
In four starts against the Rockies in 2017, Ryu has allowed 21 runs (16 earned runs) on 27 hits in 16 innings, for a cool 8.64 ERA and an 0-4 record. Against the Diamondbacks — the other potential Dodgers opponent in the NLDS, with apologies to the Brewers, still technically alive — Ryu has a 6.30 ERA in two starts over seven innings.
Not the best resume.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers offense did very little against Chad Bettis, who beat them for a second time this month. They strung together three singles in the third inning to pull within 5-1, but then Bettis retired his final 14 batters faced.
Meanwhile, the Indians and Astros won on Friday, keeping the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch home field advantage through the World Series at one.
Clayton Kershaw makes his final tuneup for the postseason with an abbreviated start on Saturday night, another 5:10 p.m. PT start. Rookie right-hander German Marquez gets the start for the Rockies.
Home runs: Nolan Arenado (37), Mark Reynolds (30), Charlie Blackmon (37), Trevor Story (24)
WP - Chad Bettis (2-4): 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
LP - Hyun-jin Ryu (5-9): 2 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout