Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu entered tonight’s outing against the Cardinals as a question mark after he lasted just three innings in his start in Game 3 against the Braves during the NLDS. However, he has bounced back in impressive fashion while putting the Dodgers in position for their first win of the NLCS.
Ryu has handed things over to the bullpen after tossing seven scoreless innings in Game 3. The southpaw allowed just three hits and one walk on the night while striking out four. He didn’t allow his first hit until a leadoff single by David Freese in the fifth inning, which ended up being the best scoring chance of the night for the Cardinals. However, a brain cramp by pinch-runner Daniel Descalso helped him escape the inning without any damage.
The Dodgers still lead it 2-0 as we move to the top of the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Brian Wilson has taken over for Ryu.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.