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The fate of Dodgers rests on the shoulders of Ryu Hyun-jin

The fate of Dodgers rests on the shoulders of Ryu Hyun-jin

Posted October. 19, 2018 07:21,   

Updated October. 19, 2018 07:21


The fate of the Los Angeles Dodgers to join the World Series lies in the hands of Ryu Hyun-jin. Dodgers won 5:2 Wednesday (local time) over Milwaukee in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series ball game in Major League Baseball that was held at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Dodgers scored three wins and two defeats, putting them one win away from a return to the World Series.

Dodgers' ace player Clayton Kershaw led Wednesday's victory. Kershaw pitched seven innings allowing just one run, a significant improvement from the former round, where he pitched three innings and allowing five runs. He stroke out nine, burying concerns that he is weak post-season.

Dodgers' lineup excelled this day, a contrast to former rounds. Dodgers earned a run in the fifth inning, followed by two additional runs in the sixth and seventh innings, which lifted the burdens of the pitchers.

As the score difference grew, Dodger’s strategy appeared to be much bolder. Manager Dave Roberts assigned Kershaw as the leading batter in the seventh inning, expecting him to take the mound in the eighth inning. But as Dodgers earned two extra runs, Roberts assigned Pedro Baez at the beginning of the eighth inning.

The fate of Dodgers rests on the shoulders of Ryu Hyun-jin, who appears to be the starting pitcher for Game 6, which will be held in Milwaukee on Friday (local time). If Ryu excels and hails victory, Dodgers will be in the World Series. If Dodgers lose, they would have to face the final game with the burden of playing away.

With 4.1 innings pitched and two runs in the second round, the next game will be a golden opportunity for Ryu to regain his pride. If he wins, his value as a free agent will also likely soar.

Bae-Jung Kim wanted@donga.com