MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers1 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 7132
Pittsburgh0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2110
  W: H. Ryu (7-1)   L: J. Musgrove (3-5)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, May 25, 2019
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 25,852

Pirates, Bell take aim at Ryu's scoreless streak

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Dodgers swept a three-game set with the Pirates in late April, and since 2017 the Dodgers have gone 14-2 against the Pirates. Only one team has been better against any opponent in its own league over that span (A's vs. Tigers, 15-1).
  2. The Pirates notched season highs in runs (14) and hits (15) yesterday. This was the team's second time scoring at least 10 runs this season -- only three teams have fewer. The Pirates were also one of two teams failing to record 15+ hits in a game prior to yesterday, now leaving only the Indians.
  3. The Dodgers have gone 12-6 in May, tied with the Cubs for the best record in the NL, and LA's 2.65 team ERA in May leads MLB. The team has scored nine runs in its six losses (1.5 per game) and has scored 74 runs in 12 wins (6.2 per game).
  4. Josh Bell has 32 hits in May, tied with Jorge Polanco for most in MLB. He has 10 home runs, tied with Alex Bregman for most in MLB. He has 26 RBI in the month, five more than any other player in MLB. The Pirates are 7-0 when he scores multiple runs this season, and five of those games have come in May.
  5. Max Muncy hit a solo home run yesterday for the Dodgers' lone run, and he leads his team with 14 runs scored this month. In his career against Pittsburgh, Muncy has a .412/.500/.676 slash line with 11 runs scored in nine games.
  6. Cody Bellinger's batting average dropped below .400 after an 0-for-4 day yesterday -- this was his first game of 2019 going 0-for-4 or worse. The Dodgers are 3-5 when Bellinger goes hitless this season. He already has more strikeouts in May (14) than he had in all of April (13).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/24/2019 thru 5/26/2019

There are two games left in the series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park for the teams' attention-getting sluggers to put on a show.

Los Angeles right fielder Cody Bellinger and Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell are perched in the upper stratosphere in several offensive categories in the major leagues, including batting average (Bellinger .389, Bell .337), homers (Bellinger 18, Bell 16) and RBIs (Bell 47, Bellinger 46).

Bellinger homered Friday and Bell smacked a double, but given their penchant for fireworks and difference-making performances this year, that was fairly tame in a 10-2 Los Angeles win.

"I've been seeing (Bell's numbers) through Twitter and Instagram," Bellinger said. "It looks like he's found something in his swing that's been consistent, and he's been confident in it. It's fun to watch. He's got a beautiful swing."

While Pittsburgh might enjoy the Bell-Bellinger watch, it probably behooves the Pirates to worry more about their own pitching. Los Angeles has won 15 of 17 between the teams over the past three seasons by a combined 119-56.

With two starters on the injured list, the Pirates have used an opener three times in the past week, including Friday when Michael Feliz gave up five runs, four on a grand slam by David Freese, in one-third of an inning.

The Pirates have a chance to get back to a little bit of normalcy the remainder of this series, with established members of the rotation starting.

On Saturday, Pittsburgh right-hander Joe Musgrove (3-4, 3.67 ERA) is scheduled to face Los Angeles left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-1, 1.52 ERA).

Musgrove seems to have emerged from a short slump. He gave up a total of 15 runs over 5 2/3 innings in a two-start stretch but since has won two straight starts. At San Diego on Sunday, Musgrove went 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) with four strikeouts and one walk in a 6-4 win.

"I felt really good," Musgrove said. "It's probably the best I've felt in terms of pitch-sequencing and execution, mentality. Everything was there."

Musgrove is 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers, including a strong outing April 27 when he gave up three runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings but lost 3-1 to ace Clayton Kershaw.

The Pirates won't have to face Kershaw in this series.

Ryu isn't exactly a slouch. He leads the National League in ERA and has 59 strikeouts vs. four walks, a 14.75 ratio, in 59 1/3 innings. Opposing hitters have a .190 average against him.

And there's that 31-inning scoreless streak he brings to PNC Park.

Ryu pitched seven scoreless, five-hit innings Sunday to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 in what was his first road victory of the season.

"He likes pitching at home," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But if he commands the fastball, he can pitch anywhere, even on the moon.

"He's locked in right now with everything, his entire pitch mix. It's fun to watch a player in a zone like that."

Ryu feels a responsibility to pitch as well in road games as he does at home.

"It's been awhile since I pitched this well on the road," Ryu, through an interpreter, said of the Cincinnati game. "As a starting pitcher, you need to put up a good performance whether you are at home or on the road. My workout routine is the same."

Ryu's career numbers against the Pirates are stellar: 5-0 with a 2.51 ERA in five outings, all quality starts. The Pirates have batted .238 against him.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 25, 2019

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Teams Score Time
NC State   Sat 12:00pm
Boston College  
Duke   Sat 3:30pm
North Carolina   Sat 3:30pm
Virginia Tech  
Carolina 1 11:11 2nd
San Jose 3
Teams Score Time
Pittsburgh   Fri 7:00pm
Ohio State   Fri 8:30pm
Auburn   Sat 12:00pm
Clemson   Sat 12:00pm
Florida   Sat 12:00pm
South Carolina  
Georgia Tech   Sat 12:00pm
NC State   Sat 12:00pm
Boston College  
Purdue   Sat 12:00pm
West Virginia   Sat 12:00pm
Wisconsin   Sat 12:00pm
Duke   Sat 3:30pm
LSU   Sat 3:30pm
Mississippi State  
Minnesota   Sat 3:30pm
North Carolina   Sat 3:30pm
Virginia Tech  
Oregon   Sat 3:30pm
Temple   Sat 3:30pm
Tulsa   Sat 3:30pm
UL Monroe   Sat 3:30pm
Appalachian State  
Baylor   Sat 4:00pm
Oklahoma State  
Missouri   Sat 4:00pm
Arizona State   Sat 6:00pm
Kentucky   Sat 6:00pm
Kansas   Sat 7:00pm
Florida State   Sat 7:30pm
Wake Forest  
Michigan   Sat 7:30pm
Penn State  
Tennessee   Sat 9:00pm
Boise State   Sat 10:15pm
Teams Score Time
American League
Houston   Wed 8:08pm
New York  
Houston   8:08pm
New York  
Teams Score Time
Detroit 116 F
Charlotte 110
Atlanta 100 F
New York 96
Memphis 124 F
Oklahoma City 119
San Antonio 128 F
Houston 114
Portland 126 F
Utah 118
Golden State 45 00:00 Half
Los Angeles 71
Miami   7:00pm
Atlanta   8:00pm
Minnesota   8:00pm
Portland   9:00pm
Dallas   10:30pm
Los Angeles  
Teams Score Time
Kansas City   8:20pm
Arizona   Sun 1:00pm
New York  
Houston   Sun 1:00pm
Jacksonville   Sun 1:00pm
Los Angeles   Sun 1:00pm
Miami   Sun 1:00pm
Minnesota   Sun 1:00pm
Oakland   Sun 1:00pm
Green Bay  
San Francisco   Sun 1:00pm
Los Angeles   Sun 4:05pm
Baltimore   Sun 4:25pm
New Orleans   Sun 4:25pm
Philadelphia   Sun 8:20pm
Teams Score Time
Colorado 2 F/OT
Pittsburgh 3
Dallas 2 F
Columbus 3
Toronto 3 F
Washington 4
Philadelphia 1 11:19 3rd
Edmonton 6
Buffalo 2 00:00 2nd
Anaheim 4
Carolina 1 11:11 2nd
San Jose 3
Minnesota   7:00pm
New York   7:00pm
New Jersey  
Tampa Bay   7:00pm
New York   8:00pm
Vancouver   8:00pm
St. Louis  
Detroit   9:00pm
Nashville   10:00pm
Ottawa   10:00pm
Buffalo   10:30pm
Los Angeles  
Pos # Name Start Pos
1 12 Ryan Blaney 9
2 6 Ryan Newman 13
3 11 Denny Hamlin 40
4 10 Aric Almirola 5
5 34 Michael McDowell 22
6 3 Austin Dillon 20
7 32 Corey Lajoie 33
8 9 Chase Elliott 1
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 7
Pos # Name Start Pos
1 00 Cole Custer 3
2 7 Justin Allgaier 8
3 22 Austin Cindric 2
4 11 Justin Haley 11
5 98 Chase Briscoe 1
6 1 Michael Annett 16
7 9 Noah Gragson 7
8 23 John Hunter Nemechek 17
9 8 Zane Smith 10
Pos # Name Start Pos
1 20 Spencer Boyd 25
2 4 Todd Gilliland 6
3 51 Riley Herbst 7
4 24 Brett Moffitt 8
5 52 Stewart Friesen 10
6 16 Austin Hill 13
7 17 Tyler Ankrum 2
8 88 Matt Crafton 1
9 2 Sheldon Creed 5