Hyun-Jin Ryu must not like Los Angeles or Dodger Stadium or organist Nancy Bea Hefley. He can’t get it going here this season.
Away from Dodger Stadium, he’s a regular road warrior (3-0, 0.00 earned-run average). At home, he’s not even a regular Joe (0-2, 11.08).
This strange Jekyll and Hyde routine continued Sunday afternoon, with Ryu giving up six runs in his five-plus innings, leaving the Dodgers 6-1 losers to the Rockies and stuck on 9,999 franchise wins.
The Dodgers finished 4-6 on their 10-game homestand, and after a day off Monday open a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Minnesota. You know, the road, where Ryu currently takes comfort.
Ryu gave up nine hits Sunday, and they weren’t all of the blooper variety. Jeff Rutledge powered his first home run of the season in the sixth inning, a three-run shot that went halfway up the left-field pavilion.
That turned a 3-1 Colorado lead into a rout, though the Dodgers were looking hard-pressed to even overcome a two-run deficit against Jorge De La Rosa.
De La Rosa entered the game 1-3 with a 6.38 ERA, but looked a lot more like the guy who went 16-6 last season for Colorado.
The Dodgers actually pushed the first run across when Dee Gordon bunted his way on, was sacrificed to second by Yasiel Puig, stole third and scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single up the middle.
But the Rockies took the lead for good in the second inning on three hits, an error (the first of three by the Dodgers) and a hit batter.
Colorado added one more in the fifth inning after Charlie Blackmon doubled and stole third. Brandon Barnes was safe on a Ryu fielding error, but he was caught in a rundown. Shortstop Justin Turner chased Barnes too far back to first base and Blackmon ran home to score.
Throw in the Rutledge blast, and it was way too much for the Dodgers.
De La Rosa went seven innings, holding the Dodgers to the one run on four hits.
Hanley Ramirez, held out with a bruised thumb, pinch hit in the ninth and beat out an infield hit.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun