Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
On a night that looked like Hyun-Jin Ryu may to have to do all the work, the Dodgers blew out the Padres 9-2. Ryu was solid on the mound, and with the bat, while Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, and Adrian Gonzalez delivered a majority of the team's offense.
Hyun-Jin Ryu had a standard Ryu start, throwing lots of strikes, giving up lots of hits, but holding the opposition to few runs. He lasted 6.1 innings, gave up eight hits and one walk for one run with six strikeouts.
Ryu tends to walk a fine line in most starts because he gives up a lot of hits, but will find a way out of some sticky situations. It's those times when hits in a row find a gap, the defense lets him down, or he cannot induce a double play ball, that Ryu finds himself in trouble.
Heading into the bottom of the second inning he had given up one run, and came up to bat with Mark Ellis on second with two outs. Ryu smacked a double off the base of the left field wall to score the tying run. It was his 10th hit of the season, bringing his batting average to .200.
Yasiel Puig followed up with a soft-single that trickled into left field, and somehow Ryu was sent home. He appeared to be caught dead, but catcher Nick Hundley could not handle the throw and Ryu scored with an awkward, thump of a slide to score the go-ahead run.
In the fourth inning, Adrian Gonzalez decided to give Ryu a break, hitting a two-run home run to score Hanley Ramirez. It put the Dodgers up 4-1 and they never looked back. They scored five more in the seventh on a two-RBI double by Ramirez, another two-run home run by Gonzalez and a solo shot from A.J. Ellis.
On the night, Puig, Ramirez, and Gonzalez combined to hit 8-13 with seven RBI's, five runs scored, and five extra-base hits.
The team's offensive burst marked the most runs they have scored since August 7 in St Louis, and three home runs were the most they have hit since July 23 in Toronto. They only left six runners on base, and were 5-13 with runners in scoring position.
Out of the pen the Dodgers used Carlos Marmol, Paco Rodriguez and Brandon League, but most notable was their newest acquisition, Edinson Volquez. He tossed a scoreless inning and gave up one hit on 21 pitches.
The win was their second in a row and third in four games. On Saturday, Chris Capuano will face San Diego's Andrew Cashner. Capuano has not looked good lately, so hopefully the Dodgers still have some runs left in the tank to bail him out if needed.