Everything went well for the Dodgers on Tuesday night. From the pitching to the hitting to the fielding, everyone was locked in.
Leading the way for the team was pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. He had himself (yet another) great outing. Ryu pitched the second complete game shutout of his career while recording the first for the Dodgers since Clayton Kershaw did so in 2016.
Hyun Jin-Ryu becomes the first Dodger pitcher other than Clayton Kershaw during Dave Roberts tenure to pitch a complete game shutout.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 8, 2019
Clayton Kershaw had his CG SO...May 23, 2016 vs Reds.
The “Korean Monster” was perfect through the first five innings of the contest, until Braves catcher Matt Flowers hit a base hit to lead off the sixth inning. Flowers’ base hit was just one of four total hits Ryu would allow on Tuesday evening.
With Ryu so dominant against the Braves, the Dodgers were the ones that got all the fun on offense. Well ... Justin Turner had most of the fun.
After getting off to a rather slow start this season, Turner got his chance to be the star at the plate. He knocked three home runs in the Dodgers’ victory - the first 3 HR night of his career. He went 4-for-5 on the night, driving in 6 out of 9 total runs scored for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers found the first inning successful, scoring three runs off of lefty Max Fried.
Fried, however, wouldn’t be in the game for much longer. Alex Verdugo smacked a line drive straight into Fried’s pitching hand to lead off the second inning.
Max Fried exits the game after being hit with this line drive.— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) May 8, 2019
The left-hander threw two warmup pitches before @Braves pitching coach Rick Kranitz stepped in and sent him to get evaluated. pic.twitter.com/autE82E2mj
Fried would exit the game after one inning pitched and would be credited for the loss after allowing four earned runs.
Though the Dodger bats showed up to give Ryu the run support he needed and deserved, the defense also had his back.
Cody Bellinger went 2-for-5 at the plate, but his biggest contribution of the night was making a catch down by his feet to preserve Ryu’s shutout in the seventh inning.
Hakuna Matata. It means no worries. pic.twitter.com/ziV7hua6Xj— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 8, 2019
Overall, it was a pretty clean-cut game in Los Angeles. If you’re a Dodgers fan, of course.
WP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1), 9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K
LP: Max Fried (4-2), 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 K
Home runs: Justin Turner, 3 (4)
Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers will close out the three-game set against the Braves on Wednesday. The Braves will send right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to the mound to face off Kershaw.