Hyun-Jin Ryu Revives Dodgers World Series Hopes

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 Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu promised himself that he wouldn’t give up any runs in the first three innings before taking the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

He kept his promise, and then some, tossing seven shutout innings to lift the Dodgers to a 3-0 win on Monday, reviving their hopes of reaching the World Series for the first time in 25 years.

All I was thinking about was the fact that we were down 2‑0,” Ryu said in a post-game press conference through his interpreter, Martin Kim. “I focused from the very first pitch. I just zoned in and fortunately I was able to get a good result out of the game.”

The Dodgers still trail the Cardinals 2-1 in the series, but Monday night’s win gives them chance to tie the series tonight at home. A win would guarantee at least one game back in St. Louis for Game 6 on Friday.

Ryu pitched a no-hitter through four innings, only giving up a walk to Carlos Beltran in the first. He finished with four strikeouts while giving up only three hits. His fastball velocity, which averaged just over 90 miles per hour for the season, topped out at 95. His fastballs reached 95 miles per hour three times and 94 seven times.

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