|Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. AP-Yonhap.|
The string of zeroes in spring training has ended for Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ryu Hyun-jin.
The South Korean left-hander allowed two earned runs on five hits in four innings in a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, on Thursday (local time). Those were the first runs he's given up in preseason so far.
In three previous outings, Ryu had combined for six shutout innings. He threw a shutout inning against the Los Angeles Angels on Feb. 24, followed by two scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres on March 1 and three clean frames versus the Kansas City Royals a week later.
The four innings against the Reds represented his heaviest workload so far in spring training. He struck out three and walked none.
Ryu was shaky from the beginning, as he served up three consecutive singles to load the bases in the top of the first inning. Ryu got Jesse Winker to ground one to shortstop Jeter Downs, who threw to third base to nab Yasiel Puig as Scott Schebler scored the game's first run.
After getting the second out of the inning, Ryu gave up an RBI single to Jose Peraza for a 2-0 Reds lead.
He settled down in the second inning, when he sat down three batters in order. Ryu also made quick work of the Reds in the third inning, thanks to two groundouts and a strikeout.
In the fourth, Ryu retired the first two batters before Tucker Barnhart reached with an infield single. Ryu then got a groundout off the bat of Jose Iglesias for his final out of the day.
The Dodgers scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to knot the score at 2-2 and went to reliever Scott Alexander to begin the top of the fifth.
The game ended in a 3-3 tie.
Ryu is in his seventh season with the Dodgers. After his six-year, US$36 million contract expired at the end of last season, the Dodgers made him a qualifying offer worth $17.9 million.
Ryu accepted it, instead of testing the open market, and will be back in the Dodgers' rotation for what he hopes will be his first fully healthy season since his rookie year in 2013. (Yonhap)