The May NL Pitcher of the Month doesn’t care that it isn’t May anymore. It’s June 4 and Hyun-Jin Ryu can still be seen tossing gems.
Replicating Monday’s game formula, the Dodgers earned their victory with the help of a dominant starting pitcher and a home run. Tuesday’s variables were Ryu and Kiké Hernández. The only difference was the blowout — the Dodgers were able to shutout the Diamondbacks, 9-0.
Ryu was nearly untouchable, as he has been throughout the season. The Korean Monster pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed no walks and three hits. His outing against the Diamondbacks is similar to many of his other starts this year - long outings and holding teams down. In all 12 starts this season, he hasn’t earned more than two runs and has five scoreless outings in total.
Relievers Yimi García and Scott Alexander each had a scoreless outing to end out the game. The pitching performances gave the Dodgers plenty of room to score some runs. Which they did.
Bellinger brought in the first pair of runs in the first inning with a two RBI triple. Bellinger now has 54 RBIs this season, taking over Pirates’ Josh Bell as the league leader.
Kiké Hernandez got in on the action with a home run to get his 10th of the year. Corey Seager also continued to stay hot on Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs on the night.
WP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-1), 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
LP: Taylor Clarke (1-2), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Home runs: Kiké Hernández (10)
The Dodgers can potentially take their brooms out of the closet on Wednesday. Kenta Maeda will be the starting pitcher against Jon Duplantier. It will be an afternoon game, with first pitch scheduled for 12:40 p.m. PDT.