Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu injured in Dodgers’ loss to Giants – Daily News

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LOS ANGELES — Hyun-Jin Ryu couldn’t get out of the way Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Joe Panik’s 94 mph line drive smacked the left-hander on the forearm and, suddenly, the Dodgers had one more thing to worry about heading into their final games of the regular season.

Ryu pounced on Panik’s comebacker and threw out the San Francisco Giants’ second baseman for the first out of the third inning of their 2-1 loss. Ryu then doubled-over in pain as the newly-minuted NL West champion Dodgers winced in agony along with him.

Teammates, medical personnel and Manager Dave Roberts raced to check on him.

Ryu could not continue, replaced by reliever Ross Stripling with the Dodgers trailing 1-0. Brandon McCarthy followed Stripling to start the fourth, and gave up a run in the fifth that made it 2-0, and Pedro Baez followed McCarthy to start the seventh.

X-rays were negative and the Dodgers said Ryu had a contusion.

“I thought he was throwing the ball well,” Roberts said of Ryu (5-8), who gave up one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings. “We were really hopeful for this outing, so it’s a good thing the X-rays were negative and we’ll see how he responds to treatment (Sunday).”

If the Dodgers learned nothing from their sizzling winning streak that was followed by an arctic blast of defeats, it was that the difference between winning and losing can be razor thin. Healthy or not, ailing or not, the playoffs are just around the corner.

Suffice to say, it was an unpleasant start to the final eight games of the regular season for the Dodgers, who clinched their fifth consecutive division championship with Friday’s victory over the Giants and who would like to seal home-field advantage for the playoffs.

No question, the final regular-season games have meaning for the Dodgers. Rest is important, but so is fine-tuning their game in preparation for what they hope will be an extended playoff run that leads to their first World Series championship since 1988.

“Play good baseball,” Roberts said before the game of the club’s goals the rest of the way, what with the best overall record in baseball still up for grabs. “If home-field (advantage) throughout is the byproduct, that’s great, but the No. 1 thing is feeling good about the way we’re playing.”

Roberts had no concerns about the Dodgers’ play Saturday until the game’s final play, when Yasiel Puig was caught stealing without attempting to slide into second base for the final out. Roberts didn’t try to hide his displeasure with Puig’s decision.

“He went on his own and decided not to slide,” Roberts said of Puig, who would later say he injured his left ankle mere steps before reaching the point where he would need to slide. “You can’t get thrown out right there. It can’t happen. It was a bad baseball play. I can’t explain it. Ask Yasiel.

“Plays like that, when you’re trying to win a championship, can’t happen.”

Puig said he tried to take advantage of reliever Sam Dyson’s slow delivery.

“I took off, I was trying to get myself in scoring position,” Puig said through a translator. “At the moment I was going to slide I felt like I twisted my ankle. It bothers me a little, but I’m OK. If I would have been safe, we would still be playing.”

The Giants took a 1-0 lead on Buster Posey’s run-scoring single off Ryu with two outs in the first, driving in Gorkys Hernandez, who opened the game with a double. Denard Span extended San Francisco’s lead to 2-0 with an RBI single off McCarthy in the fifth.

Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner (4-9) kept the Dodgers off balance and off base, limiting them to one run and five hits in his 7 2/3 innings. The Dodgers didn’t get anyone past first base until Kike Hernandez’s one-out double in the seventh, only their third hit of the game off Bumgarner.

Hernandez went to third on Puig’s groundout and then was stranded when Logan Forsythe flied out to end the inning. Bumgarner’s shutout bid ended in the eighth, when Austin Barnes homered on a 1-and-2 pitch to start the inning, cutting the Dodgers’ deficit to 2-1.

San Francisco loaded the bases in its half of the eighth against Dodgers reliever Walker Buehler, but came away empty after Brandon Crawford struck out and Kelby Tomlinson grounded into an inning-ending double play.

 

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