The pitcher the Dodgers leaned on most in the aftermath of
This was the very antithesis of the first game here last season, when Kershaw not only pitched a shutout against the Giants but also hit a home run in a 1-0 victory.
"I disappointed the fans and also my teammates," said Ryu, who pitched a combined 12 shutout innings in his first two starts.
For the month or so that Kershaw is on the disabled list, the Dodgers can't afford to have many more starts like this from Ryu or
That Ryu was in trouble early Friday wasn't particularly surprising, as his first-inning earned-run average last season was 5.10. What was surprising was that he couldn't make the bleeding stop.
Ryu retired the first two batters he faced, only to walk No. 3 hitter
"Two-out walk," catcher
Did it ever.
Eight consecutive batters after Sandoval reached base, and the Giants took a 6-0 lead in what turned into a 37-pitch inning for Ryu.
Ryu wasn't entirely to blame.
"We didn't do him any favors defensively, either," Ellis said.
The Giants extended their lead to 8-0 in the second inning, in which Ryu threw 32 more pitches. Manager
As it was, Ryu was starting for the third time in six games for the Dodgers.
An entire week separated Ryu's starts in Australia and San Diego. But even when the typically durable Kershaw was healthy, the Dodgers were determined not to subject their ace to this kind of workload, especially because the team had a shortened spring-training camp to facilitate the Australia trip.
For his part, Ryu claimed to be unaffected by the condensed camp or making his third start so soon.
Whatever the case, Mattingly made it sound as if the Dodgers would use their two days off next week to give Ryu extra days of rest before his next start.
The Dodgers have a day off Monday. They plan to start
However, Beckett appeared to be injured Friday night in his start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Beckett, who is on the disabled list with a sprained thumb, left the game in the fifth inning with a trainer by his side after fielding a bunt, according to a scout on site who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
Chad Billingsley is also working his way back to the major leagues, but won't be available for at least another month.
Billingsley, who underwent reconstructive elbow last year, is scheduled to pitch Sunday at Rancho Cucamonga. The game will be the first of five Billingsley will pitch in the minor leagues. He said that if he emerges from his start Sunday without any problems, he will pitch two games for triple-A Albuquerque, then two more for Rancho Cucamonga. He will pitch every five days.
Considering the gravity of the operation from which Billingsley is recovering, he said he won't return prematurely.
"Whenever I feel I'm ready, I'll be back," he said. "Whenever they feel I'm ready too."