Hyun-Jin Ryu and more

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Hyun-Jin Ryu and More Baseball Notes


By David A. Avila

Dodger southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu nearly pitched a no-hitter against the Washington Nationals on Sunday but an eighth inning double by notorious Dodger killer Gerardo Parra killed the bid on Sunday May 12.

Ryu allowed only one hit and no runs in leading the Dodgers to a 6-0 win against Washington. It also runs up his tally of 24 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

“He’s obviously running up some zeroes,” said Dodger pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. “I’m just happy for the way he’s throwing the ball.”

A rare put out at first base by right fielder Cody Bellinger late in the game kept the no-hit bid for Ryu.

“Just like last time he kept a no hit game going. I want to say I’m sorry for not keeping the no -hitter,” said Ryu about Bellinger’s play. “I’m a little disappointed to go that far and not keep it.”

For seven innings Ryu kept the Nationals off balance with an assortment of fastballs, change ups, and splitters. A couple of long fly balls by National slugger Anthony Rendon were the only balls hit well until Parra’s double in the eighth. It remained the only hit the National’s would manage on Sunday.

“The pass couple of games I’ve been a in a good rhythm,” said Ryu. “I just try to use their weakness and tactics to try and make a play. I don’t really think about no-hitters.”

As of Sunday the Dodgers remain the winningest team in the Major Leagues with 27 wins and lead the NL Western Division by four games.

Side note: Bellinger had fallen below .400 but with several hits on Sunday afternoon he climbed above .400 and now has a batting average of .407.


Boston strong

After a month of dismal performances the Boston Red Sox are heating up and finally moved a game past the .500 mark this week with a sweep of the Seattle Mariners. An 11-2 clubbing over the sinking Seattle team ended the series.

Now in the second week of May the Red Sox hitters are firing up with Mookie Betts leading the charge and their ace Chris Sale starting to look like his old self. Since dwelling in last place in April the Boston team has zoomed up the division and are a respectable three games behind Tampa bay which lost to NY on Sunday 7-1.


Chicago mettle

In a battle between white hot teams the Chicago Cubs snapped the Milwaukee Brewers seven-game winning streak and continued their own torrid pace with a 4-1 win behind Jon Lester’s pitching on Sunday.

The Cubs have won 12 of 14 games and are two games ahead of the second place Brewers in the NL Central Division.

Javi Baez continues to lead the team’s offensive attack but also lending a hot hand has been Cub catcher Wilson Contreras


Houston power

Despite losing Jose Altuve to the injury list the Houston Astro have not lost a step offensively as their hitting attack remains as potent as ever especially behind the always dependable George Springer.

Springer led off Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers with a homerun. It was the 29th time he had opened up a game with a homerun and it ultimately led to a 15-2 victory. The explosion of runs was assisted by the Astro power hitters Alex Bregman who added his two homers to Springers two homers. All total Springer was five for five in the game.

The Astros lead the AL Western Division by 6 ½ games and it’s only the second month of the season.