While he’s put together an impressive scoreless streak on the road, Hyun-jin Ryu is hoping to pitch that way at Chavez Ravine as he makes his first start on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 10-game homestand.
That could be a difficult task against a Philadelphia Phillies team that’s showing some punch offensively.
As Ryu goes for his third victory in a row, the slumping Dodgers will try to keep A.J. Burnett from leading the Phillies to a season high-tying third straight win Tuesday night.
Ryu (3-1, 1.93 ERA) has been outstanding while winning all three of his road decisions, including a start in Australia against Arizona on March 23. He’s allowed 11 hits while striking out 23 over 26 scoreless innings.
The left-hander stretched that streak to 28 innings dating to last season Thursday, giving up four hits over seven innings in a 2-1 victory at San Francisco.
”Kind of what we needed for him to go seven and go back out there for the seventh,” said manager Don Mattingly after Ryu threw a season-high 112 pitches. ”It worked out.”
Ryu will try to replicate that success at Dodger Stadium, where Los Angeles (12-8) has gotten off to a 2-2 start on its homestand following Monday’s series-opening 7-0 loss to the Phillies (9-10).
In his only home start April 4, Ryu surrendered a career-high eight runs – six earned – and eight hits in a career-low two innings of an 8-4 loss to the Giants. He’s 0-3 with an 8.25 ERA in his last three home starts dating to last season, giving up 26 hits over 12 innings.
Ryu pitched well in his only career home outing against Philadelphia, allowing two runs over seven innings before Los Angeles pushed across a ninth-inning run for a 4-3 win June 29. Chase Utley hit a pair of home runs and Ben Revere went 3 for 3 with two doubles off Ryu in that game.
Carlos Ruiz homered and doubled twice Monday, while Ryan Howard hit his fifth home run. Following a 7-for-40 stretch, Howard has gone 6 for 10 with two homers and five RBIs in his last two games.
Since totaling three runs without an extra-base hit over their previous four games, the Phillies have scored 17 times with 12 extra-base hits in the last two.
Burnett (0-1, 2.74) hopes to receive that kind of support after he showed no signs of pain Thursday in his first start since leaving with an inguinal hernia April 11. He held Atlanta to three hits over seven innings before Philadelphia scored in the eighth for a 1-0 home win.
”It’s going to be a blessing in disguise,” Burnett said of the injury. ”It helped me stay within myself, be simple, nice and easy.”
Burnett, who plans to wait until the offseason to have surgery, has gone 1-2 with a 7.80 ERA in his last three starts against Los Angeles. He’s dropped his last four at Dodger Stadium dating to 2001 while with the Florida Marlins.
Aside from a scoring surge against Arizona’s Mike Bolsinger in his first career start Saturday, the Dodgers have totaled 11 runs while hitting .189 in six games. They finished with four hits Monday as Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 16 contests.