Hyun-Jin Ryu in control again as Dodgers beat Pirates

first_imgRyu (3-1) missed 11 games earlier this month with a strained left groin, but he is on his way to re-establishing himself as one of the National League’s most consistent pitchers when healthy. Friday, he recounted called his stints on the injured list – most of two years following shoulder surgery, half of last season with a groin strain – as “difficult” and “frustrating.”“I’d rather give up runs and pitch horribly on the mound than sit on the IL,” Ryu said.In his fifth start of 2019, Ryu lowered his earned-run average to 2.96. He improved to 7-2 in his last 10 starts at Dodger Stadium before the announced crowd of 50,748. He hasn’t walked a batter here since last August.Of course, that might have changed by now if he had to pitch to Bellinger.“Right now that seems like the smart idea, to pitch around him,” Ryu said, “although that directly contradicts what I just said.” Along with a seventh-inning single, the home run gave Bellinger 89 total bases for the season, the most ever by a player prior to May 1. The previous record (85) was held by Dodgers special assistant Chase Utley, who was at the ballpark Friday.“I honestly didn’t know until today,” Bellinger said. “Hopefully (Utley) is here (Saturday) so I can talk to him about it.”Bellinger also broke Matt Kemp’s record for the most home runs before May 1 by a Dodger. He’s hit safely in 24 of his 27 games and reached base in all but one.“The trajectories, swinging at balls in the strike zone, not trying to expand, using the whole field –  all these boxes are being checked that lend itself to consistency,” Roberts said of Bellinger.Austin Barnes hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, and finished 2 for 3.The home runs by Bellinger and Barnes gave the Dodgers at least one home run in 33 consecutive home games, breaking a record set by the Colorado Rockies in 1999.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, left, and Cody Bellinger celebrate after a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates during a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. Dodgers won 6-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes drives in two runs with a double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets a high five from Joc Pederson #31 as Barnes heads for the dugout after Barnes hit a solo homerun during the second inning of the MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets a high five from Bob Geren #8 as Barnes enters the dugout after Barnes hit a solo home run during the second inning of the MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts reacts before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, hits a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Justin Turner during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer, right, talks to catcher Francisco Cervelli as they walk off the field at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts claps from the dugout before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo, right, shakes hands with teammate Cody Bellinger before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu lays down a sacrifice bunt against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Melky Cabrera dives and misses on a line drive from Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. Barnes drove in two runs with a double on the play. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Pitcher Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (L) is visited by teammates at the mound after Archer walked Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not in photo) in the fourth inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Pirates 6-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kike Hernandez follows through on an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, bottom left, throws to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by teammates after pitching in the seventh inning during the MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Pirates 6-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: Catcher Austin Barnes #15 and pitcher Yimi Garcia #63 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after getting the final out to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, left, and Cody Bellinger celebrate after a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates during a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. Dodgers won 6-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes drives in two runs with a double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 22Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes drives in two runs with a double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ game against the Brewers last Saturday, Jesus Aguilar laid off a 3-and-2 changeup at his knees. On another night, it would have been strike three. To home plate umpire James Hoye, it looked a little low. Aguilar took his base.St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt faced a full count in his first at-bat against the Dodgers on the night of April 8. He laid off a 3-and-2 fastball just below his knees – sometimes a strike, usually a ball, but not in Jansen Visconti’s strike zone. Goldschmidt took his base.Of all the 107 batters Hyun-Jin Ryu has faced this season, those are the only two men who have drawn a walk.Ryu’s control was pinpoint again in the Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. The left-hander tossed seven innings, matching his season high, and scattered six singles, a double and a solo home run. He had enough control to pitch out of trouble when he needed to, striking out 10. The Pirates went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and couldn’t take a free base if they tried.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It all goes back to how I was taught,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “Even when I was younger, when I was in elementary school, people around me told me how it’s better to give up a homer than a base on balls. Unfortunately, that led to consecutive games of me giving up home runs right now. That’s the downside. At least I don’t have anyone that gets on base for free.”The Dodgers (17-11) moved a half-game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks (16-11) for first place in the NL West.Cody Bellinger’s two-run home run in the first inning against Chris Archer (1-2) gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.Justin Turner kept the inning alive with a two-out single – one of three singles for Turner in the game. Archer then fell behind Bellinger 2-and-1, laid a changeup over the plate against the game’s hottest hitter, and watched the pitch sail 385 feet into right field.Bellinger is batting .433 and shares the MLB lead in home runs (14) with Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich.last_img read more

$41 million in grants to go to CDF for costs in Southland wildfires

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials today announced that federal and state grants of more than $41 million will go to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for costs incurred during the recent Southland wildfires. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide 75 percent of the money — $30.9 million — and the state’s Office of Emergency Services will kick in $10.3 million. Officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as CAL FIRE, will work with FEMA and OES officials to determine where the funds will go. The money will be used to reimburse the state for expenses that include regular employee overtime, equipment use, equipment rental, contract labor, aircraft use, materials, and similar costs incurred by other firefighting agencies that are part of the California Master Mutual Aid Agreement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“When the costs of battling 24 fires in seven counties overwhelms the state’s resources, there are programs in place to provide the necessary assistance,” said Michael Hall of FEMA. “States should not have the added burden of worrying where funding will come from when firefighters are battling to save lives and property,” Hall said. Wildfires driven by fierce Santa Ana winds spread through seven Southland counties beginning Oct. 21. There were 24 named fire incidents, including the Canyon, Buckweed and Ranch fires in Los Angeles County; the Witch and Harris fires in San Diego County, and the Santiago Fire in Orange County. In all, some 521,000 acres were burned and 3,309 structures were destroyed, including 2,180 residences.last_img read more