Hyun-jin Ryu was trying to do something impossible on Monday night. He took the mound after fellow starter, Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was the first no-hitter of Beckett’s career. Ryu was facing a Cincinnati Reds club that has lost two straight and four of their last six. The Reds are sitting in fourth place in the National League Central.
Ryu entered Monday’s game with a 4-2 record and a ERA of 3.00 after making one start since his return from the disabled list. In that start, Ryu threw 89 pitches and only walked one. Tonight he went against Johnny Cueto who held up his end of the bargain pitching valiantly until the game was broken open in the bottom of the seventh. Ryu chipped in driving in one run and scoring another on a Carl Crawford gap shot.
Ryu pitched seven perfect innings in a bid to become the second Dodger to accomplish the feat (Sandy Kofax). After a long bottom of the seventh inning, Ryu took the mound in the eighth giving up a leadoff double which ruined his bid at baseball history. A single followed and then a sacrifice fly ruined the shutout as well. He ended his night throwing 95 pitches in 7 and 1/3 innings leaving the game with a three run lead and runner on first and second. A very solid second outing which has to make Don Mattingly as well as the rest of the Dodgers faithful quite happy going forward.