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Matt Kemp`s late homer lifts Dodgers over Cardinals

Posted October. 06, 2014 03:06,   


Ryu Hyun-jin of the LA Dodgers is a pitcher who goes contrary to experts’ predictions. After returning from an injury, his pitching has always gone beyond their expectations. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he would have worried about other players, but Ryu maintains sharpness despite not playing much.

A look at Ryu’s throws after returning from injury is enough to understand why Mattingly is not worried. The previous season, he skipped the starting rotation twice due to minor injuries, yet in a match with Atlanta, his first match since injury, he gave up six runs on one hit over 7 2/3 innings. Against Arizona, the Dodgers left-hander did a quality start with 10 runs on three hits in six innings. After putting his name on the disabled list (DL) twice this season, he won in all his matches.

MLB.COM reporter Ken Gurnick said on Sept. 1 in a match against San Diego when Ryu became a win pitcher that most pitchers came up and down after returning from injury, but Ryu was always a good pitcher. He asked what was behind it. Matt Kemp of the Dodgers who excited 54,599 home fans by hitting a winning homer in the eighth inning of Game 2, said they are confident in Ryu. He did not hide his expectations for the Korean pitcher, saying the batters would pool their efforts to make Game 3 a game for Ryu.

In Game 1, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw lost five points in an inning, which made the Dodgers be overtaken 9-10. Owing to Kemp’s home run in Game 2, the Dodgers won 3-2 and evened the score. Ryu is scheduled to start Game 3 on Monday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.