Nobody walks in L.A., at least until it hurts.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pushed the Dodgers’ record streak of starting pitchers giving up two or fewer walks to 36 consecutive games Wednesday, but then Brian Wilson took over in the eighth and immediately walked consecutive batters.
Both scored as the Indians pulled off a 5-4 comeback victory before an announced afternoon crowd of 50,199 at Dodger Stadium.
The Indians scored three times in the eighth inning to overcome the 3-2 lead with which Ryu exited. After winning five consecutive series, the Dodgers dropped two of three games to the Indians.
Ryu (9-5) certainly did his job, holding Cleveland to a Ryan Raburn two-run homer in the fourth inning. In his seven innings, Ryu gave up seven hits, struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Not walking opponents has been something of a de rigueur of late for all members of the Dodgers’ rotation.
The 36 consecutive games of walking two or fewer by the starting pitchers is the most in the National League since 1900 and ties a similar stretch by the Twins in 2005 for the top mark in the majors.
Manager Don Mattingly started a spring training-esque lineup, resting four regulars for the noon start. Still, they managed to score three times in the fifth inning off Trevor Bauer.
Miguel Rojas collected a hit, and with two outs, Ryu continued the rotation’s strong hitting, driving a double to left to score him. After two walks loaded the bases, Andre Ethier singled in two runs to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
Which would stand until the inconsistent Wilson (1-3) took over in the eighth inning and walked the first two batters. Wilson struck out Yan Gomes, but pinch-hitter David Murphy lined a game-tying single to left field.
Matt Kemp fielded the ball and fired to third base. Trouble was, shortstop Carlos Triunfel was running to third to cover the bag and had his back to Kemp. Third baseman Juan Uribe was looking for the cut-off throw, but was on the grass to the left of the mound. The throw bounced away and was charged as an error to Kemp, as both runners advanced.
After an intentional walk to Lonnie Cisenhall, Mike Aviles blooped a single into right field and two more scored to leave Cleveland with a 5-3 lead.
The Dodgers got one back in the bottom of the inning when Scott Van Slyke hit his seventh home run of the season, but that was the end of the L.A. scoring.
They got a two-out walk and bloop double by Ethier in the bottom of the ninth inning, but closer Cody Allen got Kemp to fly out to end the game as he earned his eighth save.