Tommy Lasorda returns to Dodger Stadium, but Dodgers fall to Nationals

first_imgThe fastball served Ryu well early. It made his 74-mph curveball look excruciatingly slow to some talented but suddenly overmatched hitters. Harper was the first of three consecutive strikeouts Ryu used to retire the heart of the Nationals’ lineup.Then, in the second inning, Anthony Rendon worked the count full. He hit the sixth pitch he saw 372 feet into the left-field pavilion. In another park, the hit would have been recorded as a lazy fly ball; at Dodger Stadium it gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead.From there, Ryu mostly succeeded in inducing weak contact. But he also failed to locate a two-strike fastball to Matt Wieters with runners on second and third base in the fourth inning. Wieters stroked a single up the middle, scoring both runners to extend the Dodgers’ deficit to 3-0.Washington added another run in the fifth inning, when Harper smoked a hanging changeup for an RBI single.Ryu completed seven innings for the first time since August 2014 — no small feat in itself — and threw 102 pitches. Though he was charged with four earned runs, he did not walk a batter and struck out four. LOS ANGELES >> The Tommy Lasorda video montage played Monday night, the one that includes a clip of the ex-Dodgers’ manager firing up a champagne-soaked clubhouse in the aftermath of the 1988 World Series.The announced crowd of 46,289 stood and cheered. Lasorda, less than two weeks removed from having his pacemaker replaced, stood and reciprocated. It was his first appearance at Dodger Stadium since the surgery.It was also the highlight of the evening as the Washington Nationals piled on Hyun-Jin Ryu as the Dodgers lost 4-2.Ryu’s fastball was clocked at 94 mph in the first inning, once, a swinging third strike to retire Bryce Harper. It was the fastest pitch Ryu has thrown in a game since October 2014, his last healthy month before undergoing shoulder labrum surgery. But a 4-0 lead was more than enough wiggle room for Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.The veteran left-hander allowed two runs in six masterful innings. He walked two batters and struck out five. The Dodgers did not threaten to score until two runs crossed the plate in the sixth inning.Logan Forsythe led off the inning with a walk and went to third base on a single by Corey Seager. A double by Chris Taylor scored Forsythe with the Dodgers’ first run. A groundout by Franklin Gutierrez allowed Seager to score from third base.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img