Ryu takes first road loss of the season

June 12, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu reacts after giving up a two-run home run to New York Mets' Eric Campbell during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Ryu lost for the first time since April 27.

By Lee Kyutae

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin lost for the first time on the road this season.

Ryu pitched six innings in the loss to the Cincinnati Reds, giving up six hits and four runs, while walking two and striking out five. His ERA went up slightly to 3.33 as his record fell to 7-3 for the season.

Walking the Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton in the third inning, after getting the first two outs and even throwing the first two pitches for strikes, proved to be the turning point of the game.

Ryu then walked Todd Frazier, gave up a two-run double to Joey Votto, and another run-scoring single to Brandon Phillips.

In the sixth inning, Ryu surrendered a monster home run to Jay Bruce to fall behind 4-0, and the Dodgers eventually lost the game to the Reds 5-0.

Ryu said after the game that perhaps he tried to out muscle them too much and that strategy may have backfired.

In a battle of two changeup artist, Reds ace Johhny Cueto (6-5, 1.85) upstaged Ryu. The 28-year-old Dominican had his changeup working brilliantly as he struck out 12 in six innings, including 10 of the first 15 batters.