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The left-handed pitcher earns the TBLA Player of the Series

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Pitchers need love, too. And although Hyun-Jin Ryu didn’t get the win, the way he pitched on Wednesday in San Francisco undoubtedly deserves some recognition.

Ryu tossed a gem, throwing eight innings and only allowing one runner to reach home plate. He retired 22 of the final 24 batters he faced after he allowed a double to Tyler Austin in the first inning. This includes seven 1-2-3 innings.

This eight-inning outing is a season high for Dodgers starters this season and a career high for Ryu. The last time a Dodger starter threw eight innings this season was Ross Stripling and the last time Ryu went eight innings was in 2013.

The Dodgers didn’t give Ryu the run support he needed to seal the win, but it doesn’t take away from the stupendous outing.

8.0 IP 4 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 6 K

On the season, Ryu is 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA. In six total starts, he has struck out 39 batters and boasts a WHIP of 0.91.