Dodgers 6, Pirates 2: I’m Really Going To Miss the Pirates

ryu_april7_2013

For the first four hitters of today’s sellout matinee against the Pirates, there was concern. Hyun-jin Ryu had allowed Starling Marte to lead off with a single, then after a Neil Walker popout, Andrew McCutchen took Ryu deep for a quick 2-0 lead. Ryu responded by walking Gaby Sanchez, and you started to get the feeling that this was going to go nowhere good.

Maybe one day that’ll happen, but not today. Ryu got ground outs from Michael McKenry & Pedro Alvarez to end the inning, then shut the Pirates down into the seventh inning, throwing 101 pitches and retiring 18 of the last 20 men he faced. Through 12.2 innings as a Dodger, Ryu’s allowed just three earned runs, striking out 11. We’re going to need a lot more than two starts to know what we’ve got with him, but I tell you this: I’ll take “pitches into the seventh, allows two earned runs” from Ryu every time out and be very happy to get it. That’s especially the case when the bullpen continues to be as dominant as it has been; Ronald BelisarioMatt Guerrier (who lasted just two hitters in his season debut) & J.P. Howell combined to shut the Pirates out for the final 3.1 innings.

Even better, for once this game wasn’t entirely won on the strength of pitching. Adrian Gonzalez singled three times, driving in four. Carl Crawford, continuing his torrid start, had two hits and scored twice.Matt Kemp reached twice, including a double, and also drove Crawford home on a sacrifice fly. Even the much-maligned Justin Sellers managed to break his oh-for-the-season streak with a no-doubt seventh-inning longball. (Here’s looking at you, Luis Cruz.)

Frankly, I’m sad to see the Pirates leave town, because they’ve lost nine in a row at Dodger Stadium. (They’ve also scored only eight runs all season, which, yikes.) After a day off tomorrow, they head to San Diego, and I don’t want to say the Padres without Chase Headley & Yasmani Grandal are bad, but…

Oh, and Matt Cain got completely lit up for the Giants today. It’s a fun, fun time to be a Dodger fan.

366 comments
Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

whew, hey guys. i would have been here earlier but i had to log out then log back in with a different account. took FOREVER. 

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

So, are things cool with the bats? At least for a day or two?

Pitching and Defense
Pitching and Defense

Man I'm loving guys we get from Boston. After Mannywood we now have a leadoff man, cleanup hitter, comeback candidate HANRAM and a one of the best lower rotation guys.

Ker$haw$Dodger$
Ker$haw$Dodger$

Is it me or did anyone notice the Giants making fun of Dodger outfield celebration after one of their wins during the series?

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

How many times is Ethier for Kinsler going to be brought up before it starts to become a serious thing to consider?

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

youtube embedded into twitter embed. INCEPTION BAAAAAAAOOOOOOO

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim in fairness to the pirates, they did have to face the dodgers for three games. they'll bat against mortal pitching soon, i'm sure. 

The Monocle
The Monocle

@Pitching and Defense wouldn't crawford be more of a comeback candidate?

*VND*
*VND*

@Pitching and Defense Manny was a lazy piece of shit asshole. Never will forgive him for being a total dick.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@Disgruntled VND, not moderator Manny's run after we traded for him was the best display of hitting I have seen since Barry and it is not even close. He was a beast that year for us and to say he was lazy is just lazy on you. Check his numbers he played great when he played. I guess you want to say you cannot forgive him for taking steroids sure. But steroids to me mean the opposite of lazy, it means he is trying too hard.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Antonio G @LA_Woman  Sounds like loads of fun. Just what every woman wants. Really wish you guys would take your locker room talk somewhere else. This is not a men's club. Yes, I'm cranky. This crap just really gets old.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@EephusBlue @Antonio G @EephusBlue @Antonio G Ynoa may be a guy.

*VND*
*VND*

@Antonio G (Kinsler is owned less than Ethier btw)