Watch: Hyun-Jin Ryu legs out “triple” to help cause against Diamondbacks
A night after the Dodgers and Diamondbacks squared off in a beanball-driven brawl, Hyun-Jin Ryu didn’t have his best stuff. His fielders helped his cause, however, as did Arizona rightfielder Gerardo Parra.
Ryu surrendered 11 hits and two walks over six laborious innings, but the Dodgers’ defense made four double plays behind him, tying a team record most recently accomplished by Omar Daal in 2002.
The double plays didn’t prevent Ryu from being on the short end of a 3-0 score going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Dodgers kindled a rally via doubles by Juan Uribe and Alex Castellanos, a pair of productive outs, and a passed ball when Ryu came to the plate against Patrick Corbin.
The portly portsider slapped a drive to right field that Parra dove for but didn’t touch, and when the dust settled, Ryu was on third:
The play was generously scored a triple, and with successive singles by Nick Punto, Mark Ellis, and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers took a 4-3 lead. Corbin departed after five innings, having allowed four runs for the third time in his past four starts, bumping his ERA to 2.28. Ryu stuck around to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, striking out Cliff Pennigton and inducing pinch-hitter Willie Bloomquist to pop out, thus capping his seventh quality start out of his last nine turns. Alas, reliever Chris Withrow allowed the tying run in the next frame, and the Diamondbacks wound up prevailing in 12 innings, 8-6.
The game didn’t feature any direct carryover from the previous night’s festivities, regarding which the commissioner’s office has yet to hand down suspensions and fines. There are expected to be several, with the Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy likely on the hook for the most severe. During the pregame exchange of lineup cards, managers Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson shook hands and had a brief and apparently amiable discussion at home plate, perhaps agreeing to Marquess of Queensberry rules in the event of future hit batsmen.
One sobering note was the absence of Yasiel Puig, who in his 10 days in the majors has become a one-man advent calendar of baseball highlights while hitting .471/.500/.882. On Tuesday night, he was at the center of the action, as he was hit in the face by a Kennedy pitch and was then ejected for partaking in the scrum after Kennedy drilled Zack Greinke. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, prior to the game, Puig “took five swings of batting practice, walked off field, threw his bats and helmet in dugout, then walked to clubhouse with trainers.” He was scratched from the lineup with a right shoulder strain and listed as day to day. The severity of the injury and whether it was suffered in the brawl or during one of his headfirst slides is unclear at this point.