LOS ANGELES: Ryu Hyun-Jin was dominant over seven innings and Yasiel Puig picked the perfect moment to end his slump as Los Angeles shutout St. Louis 3-0 in game three of the NLCS.
Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a RBI single to get the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and Puig had a two-out RBI triple in the same inning as the Dodgers cut the Cardinals’ series lead to two games to one.
“This is one of those games where you come home and you get the momentum back on your side,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “We feel like we are back in the series.”
South Korea’s Ryu was terrific Monday night, allowing just three hits and no runs in seven innings of work for the Dodgers who looked nothing like the wounded bunch that dropped the first two games of the series in St. Louis.
Game four of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday.
Once Mattingly decided Ryu’s night was complete, the bullpen did the rest in front of a sold-out crowd of 53,940 at Dodger Stadium.
“He has pitched big in a lot of big games this year,” Mattingly said of Ryu. “He was aggressive with the fastball and that sets his other pitches up.”
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright wasn’t so lucky throwing seven innings and allowing six hits and two runs. He struck out five.
Ryu had four strikeouts and just one walk for the Dodgers, which prevented the Cardinals from taking a stranglehold in the series. He didn’t allow his first hit until the fifth inning—a single to Cardinals infielder David Freese.
Ryu, who figures to get some National League rookie of the year award consideration, bounced back from a poor performance in the first round playoff series against Atlanta.
“All I was thinking about was that we were down 2-0,” Ryu said. “I told myself that this could potentially be the last start I ever pitched here this year.
“So I focused from the very first pitch and I just zoned in and fortunately I was able to get a good result out the game.”