- The Dodgers have a .682 winning percentage against the Pirates since 1999.
- Neil Walker (.283 – 14 HR – 45 RBI) went 1-3 with a run scored and has reached base safely in 19 straight games
- Jordy Mercer (.254-6HR-32RBI) drove in a run and is batting .304 since June 2.
- Gerrit Cole will pitch a simulation game on Wednesday where he is projected to throw 50-60 pitches. The Pirates don’t expect Cole back until August.
DODGERS 5 – PIRATES 2
Win Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-5)
Loss: Edison Volquez (8-7)
Save: Kenley Jansen (29)
AROUND THE BASES
PITTSBURGH — The Pirates (52-47) were unable to take advantage of an undermanned Dodgers squad that was missing Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig, as Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-5, 3.39 ERA) pitched seven strong innings and Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and reached base five times in a 5-2 Dodgers (56-45) win over the Pirates on Monday night.
Ryu earning his 11th win of the season, allowed five hits and two runs in the win. Ryu who is one of the most under-rated lefties in the game, flashed a nasty curveball and cutter.
“We’re not the first club he’s limited hard contact too,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Probably biggest curveball we’ve seen from depth….He’s a cool cat on the mound.”
The Pirates fell behind 5-0 in the fourth inning but added two runs in the fourth and that would be it for the night. The Pirates put just three runners in scoring position.
Edison Volquez (8-7, 3.86 ERA) saw his winning streak come to an end. He allowed a season high 10 hits and finished with a line of 5.2 IP – 10 H – 5 ER – 3 SO – 3 BB
“Everything was off today,” Volquez said. “Wasn’t able to execute my breaking balls….. 11 days [since] pitching a real game, was tough to do.”