It should have been a lock. An absolutely done deal.
FOR THE RECORD
An earlier version of this post said that Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up eight earned runs in Tuesday's game. He was charged with seven earned runs.
And the Dodgers and Ryu got destroyed. Completely upended in perhaps their worst loss of the season.
Ryu suffered the worst outing of his career, surrendering five runs and eight hits in the second inning alone. Nothing much was working for Ryu, or at least not well. The Tigers kept it rolling in the third, scoring twice more to chase him. The only out he managed in the third came on a sacrifice fly.
In his 2 1/3 innings, Ryu (9-5) was charged with a career-high seven earned runs and 10 hits with two walks. His ERA jumped from 3.08 to 3.65.
To make it worse – and, yeah, it could be -- the next three Dodgers pitchers gave up another seven runs.
Things were so bad, Manager
The Dodgers have given up more runs in a game this season – they lost 18-7 to the
But the Dodgers failed to get another run against Verlander, letting him off the hook as the Tigers – the American League's top hitting (.275) and slugging (.441) team – went to work.
At no time was it pretty. After Ryu left trailing 7-5,the bullpen could not keep it close.