I had the night planned out perfectly, you know. I’d go see a concert, and get back home in time to see at least the last two innings of tonight’s Dodgers/Angels game — possibly even more, considering how slowly most Dodger games have gone this year.
That didn’t exactly work out as I’d expected, really, thanks to an absolutely fantastic Hyun-jin Ryu performance, which helped to blow through this game in just barely over two hours flat. That means that I didn’t get to see the outright domination that Ryu dropped on the Angels, holding them two a mere two baserunners over nine shutout innings (one of which he accounted for with a double of his own). I didn’t get to see him touching 95 in the eighth inning, if the reports I’ve seen are correct, and I didn’t see Matt Kemp take a Joe Blanton ball of his elbow, requiring him to leave the game after telling Don Mattingly he “couldn’t throw a baseball“. (He is not expected to miss any time.)
And no, I definitely didn’t get to see Luis Cruz‘ fifth inning blast off Blanton that would give Ryu all the run support he would need, though believe me when I say I heard about it through the wonder of social media. Honestly, this goes back to how great Ryu was tonight — the way things have gone this year, could you imagine Cruz not only going deep, but doing so in a scoreless tie, then not getting the main billing? You can thank Ryu for that, and with the rotation issues this club has had… you better believe we should all be thanking Ryu endlessly right now.
That’s technically a sweep for the Dodgers in the odd two-game series, though since they go right down the road to play the Angels in Anaheim tomorrow, it doesn’t really feel like it. I think we’ll all take it regardless though, right?