That Hyun-Jin Ryu seen in his outing last week against the Giants? Some kind of hallucination. A strange, hazy mirage.
The Ryu the Dodgers knew from last season? He was back in fine form Friday, stifling the Diamondbacks and, along with Adrian Gonzalez’s five runs batted in, leading the Dodgers to a 6-0 victory over their pool buddies at Chase Field.
Ryu lasted only two innings in his previous start against the Giants, but Friday he simply cruised past the struggling Diamondbacks.
Ryu was in absolute control, holding Arizona scoreless on two hits in his seven innings. This after throwing five scoreless against the Diamondbacks in the season opener in Australia. He has not allowed a run in his last 19 overall innings against Arizona.
Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero’s two singles were the only hits Ryu (2-1) gave up all night. He walked one and struck out eight.
He looked absolutely nothing like the pitcher who gave up eight runs on as many hits in the two innings of his last start. Those are the only runs he has allowed in four starts this season.
Ryu went from the worst outing of his career, to possibly his finest, in back-to-back games.
Gonzalez gave Ryu a quick cushion, following a Hanley Ramirez single in the first inning, by lining a two-run homer.
Gonzalez came into the game batting only .189 and with four RBIs in his first 10 games. He ended up driving in more runs Friday than in his 10 other games combined.
Following a single by Carl Crawford and a double by Ramirez in the third, Gonzalez singled in two more runs.
The Diamondbacks' pitching staff has struggled throughout the season. Their starters entered the game with a 6.57 earned-run average. So despite giving up the four early runs, Arizona Manager Kirk Gibson stuck with Brandon McCarthy as late as the seventh inning.
But McCarthy could never get an out in the seventh. Back-to-back doubles by Yasiel Puig -- making his first start since straining a thumb ligament Saturday -- and Ramirez scored one more, and then Gonzalez capped his big night at the plate with an run-scoring single.
That finally ended it for McCarthy, who fell to 0-2 yet actually lowered his ERA to 7.78.
Jamey Wright threw the final two innings for the Dodgers to complete the shutout, striking out the side in the eighth.
It was the Dodgers' first shutout of the season and first against the Diamondbacks since June, 2, 2010.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times