If Hyun-Jin Ryu keeps playing like this, we’re going to have quite a run at the Pun Store.
The rookie Dodger lefty had a barrel of fun against Arizona tonight, striking out 9 in 6 1/3 innings while going 3 for 3 at the plate – with his parents watching from the first row behind the Dodger dugout – in Los Angeles’ 7-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) April 14, 2013
Ryu baffled Arizona, allowing only four hits, a walk and an RBI groundout before the seventh inning, along with doubling and singling twice. His bid to become the first Dodger pitcher with four hits since Claude Osteen in 1970 was enabled and then disabled by Justin Sellers, who singled with two out in the top of the seventh but was picked off.
|Claude Osteen||1970-05-26||LAD||SFG||W 19-3||5||5||3||4||1||0||1||4|
|Don Newcombe||1955-07-15||BRO||STL||W 12-3||5||5||2||4||1||0||1||3|
|Chris Van Cuyk||1952-05-21||BRO||CIN||W 19-1||5||5||3||4||0||0||0||2|
|Carl Erskine||1950-08-31||BRO||BSN||W 19-3||6||5||1||4||0||0||0||0|
|Kirby Higbe||1941-08-17 (1)||BRO||BSN||W 5-1||4||4||1||4||1||0||0||1|
|Kirby Higbe||1941-08-11||BRO||NYG||W 15-7||5||5||3||4||1||0||0||4|
|Bobby Reis||1935-09-24 (2)||BRO||BSN||W 6-5||5||5||1||4||0||1||0||1|
|Sloppy Thurston||1932-08-13 (1)||BRO||NYG||W 18-9||5||5||2||4||1||0||0||2|
|Dazzy Vance||1927-05-12||BRO||CIN||W 6-3||4||4||2||4||1||0||0||0|
|Burleigh Grimes||1925-04-22||BRO||PHI||L 7-8||5||5||0||4||0||0||0||2|
|Dutch Ruether||1924-09-04 (2)||BRO||BSN||W 9-1||4||4||1||4||0||1||0||2|
|Burleigh Grimes||1924-08-18||BRO||PIT||W 7-4||4||4||0||4||0||0||0||0|
|Dutch Ruether||1922-04-16||BRO||PHI||W 10-2||4||4||2||4||0||1||0||1|
|Burleigh Grimes||1921-07-06||BRO||NYG||W 11-4||5||5||2||4||1||0||1||3|
Ryu wasn’t alone in providing offense, as the Dodgers knocked out a season-high 14 hits and got an Adrian Gonzalez homer in the fourth, two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth, building a 6-1 lead. Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a walk, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier each singled and doubled and Matt Kemp doubled his season RBI total from two to four.
Crossing the 100-pitch mark, Ryu gave up two hits to start the bottom of the seventh, and like Clayton Kershaw the night before, watched from the bench as the first Dodger reliever, in this case Ronald Belisario, allowed both to score. (Ryu’s ERA rose from 1.93 to 2.89.) Martin Prado homered off Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Dodger lead to 6-4, and Aaron Hill’s pinch-hit RBI double later in the frame made it a one-run game.
Jansen struck out Cody Ross to end the inning and preserve the lead, but back-to-back doubles by Ethier and Ramon Hernandez built it back to 7-5. Brandon League retired the side in order to end the game.
The Dodgers (7-4) are tied with Arizona and Colorado for second place in the National League West, half a game behind San Francisco.