Hyun-Jin Ryu loses perfect game in eighth inning against Reds

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Hyun-Jin Ryu was perfect into the eighth inning Monday night.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was perfect into the eighth inning Monday night. (USATSI)

More MLB: List of No-Hitters | List of Perfect Games

A Dodgers pitcher came very close to once again doing something special on Monday. One day after Josh Beckett no-hit the Phillies, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu took a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Reds. Todd Frazier broke it up with a solid double to left leading off the inning.

Ryu had thrown only 82 pitches through the first seven innings, so his pitch count was in very good shape to go the distance. His career high is 114 pitches, set last May. Ryu went to only one three-ball count (Zack Cozart in the fourth inning) before allowing the double and third baseman Justin Turner made a pair of nice diving stops behind him to take away hits.

The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, an inning that took more than 27 minutes to play. Ryu reached base on a throwing error in the inning and had to run the bases -- he eventually came around to score -- so the long delay may have thrown him off. Three of the first four Reds to bat in the eighth picked up base hits, ending Ryu's night.

The 27-year-old Ryu came into Monday's start with a 4-2 record and a 3.00 ERA in eight starts and 45 innings. He spent a few weeks on the disabled list earlier this season with shoulder inflammation, but obviously he is over that. The Reds entered the game with a .242 batting average and a .309 on-base percentage as a team, both of which rank 23rd in MLB.

Only three times in history have there been two no-hitters within the span of 48 hours: Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela in 1990, Don Wilson and Jim Maloney in 1969, and Gaylord Perry and Ray Washburn in 1968. The Dodgers have had multiple no-hitters in a season only once, when Carl Erskine and Sal Maglie did it in 1956.

The only perfect game in Dodgers history was thrown by Sandy Koufax back in 1965. There have been two perfect games thrown in Dodger Stadium: Koufax's and Dennis Martinez's. Martinez accomplished the feat with the Expos in 1991.

The Reds have never been on the wrong end of a perfect game. They were last no-hit by Roy Halladay of the Phillies in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS. Cincinnati has not been no-hit in a regular season game since 1971.

Dating back to the eighth inning of Saturday's game, the Dodgers did not allow a hit in 17 straight innings. That tied a franchise record.

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