Update (6:24 PM ET): And it’s over. Gerardo Parra broke up the no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning with a ground-rule double to left-center field.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu has held the Nationals hitless through seven innings on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The lefty has thrown 98 pitches in total, striking out eight while walking one batter.
The Dodgers’ offense has provided Ryu with two runs of support. The first run came in the second inning on a Corey Seager sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Alex Verdugo knocked in a run with a ground out. Both runs were charged to Stephen Strasburg.
Ryu is aiming to become the first Dodger to throw a no-hitter by himself since Clayton Kershaw on June 18, 2014. The Dodgers had a combined no-hitter on May 4 last year against the Padres, when Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi García, and Adam Liberatore combined to accomplish the feat. The Nationals/Expos were last victims of a no-hitter when David Cone threw a perfect game on July 18, 1999. If Ryu is able to close out the final two innings without allowing a hit, he would have the second no-hitter of the season — the second, in fact, in six days. Mike Fiers of the Athletics no-hit the Reds last Tuesday.
Ryu entered Sunday’s action 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA and a 45/2 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. We’ll keep you updated as he attempts to get the final six outs of the ballgame without allowing a hit.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.