SAN FRANCISCO — Remember the good old days, when the Dodgers had the best offense of any club in a generation, averaging five runs a game?
They still are averaging five a game, remarkably. You wonder where that team was the last few days. Thursday, Madison Bumgarner piled on to Clayton Kershaw’s season-long misery by hitting a home run, something the Dodgers forgot how to do while getting swept at AT&T Park.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Erisbel Arruebarrena — remember him? — won’t be seen in a Dodgers uniform again this year.
I’ll post some quarter-pole-of-the-season thoughts here in a bit.
SAN FRANCISCO — What would you like first, the bad news or the bad news?
The Dodgers are bracing for Hyun-Jin Ryu’s season to be officially over once he has surgery tomorrow.
The Giants can sweep the Dodgers for the second time this season if Madison Bumgarner beats Clayton Kershaw tomorrow. Wednesday’s box score is here.
So yeah, tomorrow should be fun.
Carlos Frias matched a career high with six innings pitched and lowered his ERA to 2.55 in the Dodgers’ 2-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — When we reflect on today in the coming weeks and months, we probably won’t remember the Dodgers losing 2-0 to the San Francisco Giants. We’ll probably remember Hector Olivera passing a physical (particularly if his elbow becomes an issue in the future) and becoming a millionaire, and Hyun-Jin Ryu going from a “question mark phase” to a “Dr. Neal ElAttrache phase.” The two storylines are potentially related, and you can read about that here.
Don’t judge the book by its cover; the game offered a couple takeaways: One, sometimes good offenses don’t score. Two, Carlos Frias is fun to watch. He’s a rookie. He’s also 24 — not as young as Joc Pederson or even Yasiel Puig, but he’s just as raw as either of them in terms of showing emotion. I explored these truths in tonight’s game story.
The box score is here.