Ryu rolls to 3-0 with 8-K gem vs. Nationals

April 22nd, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- For all of the early issues that cropped up for the Dodgers, it's hard to knock the quality of their fifth starter.

That's , who merely outpitched Saturday night with a two-hitter over seven innings in the Dodgers' 4-0 win over the Nationals.

Ryu retired the final 13 batters he faced and came away with more than a little satisfaction, along with a 3-0 record and 1.99 ERA.

"Definitely an intriguing matchup against Strasburg, one of the best righties in the National League," said Ryu. "It definitely helped me focus more. I don't want to say it kind of got to me, but most definitely I was thinking about the matchup and pitching well enough to give the team a chance to win."

He struck out eight for a total of 27 this season in 22 2/3 innings.

"He's really synched up, and he's got a lot of confidence," manager Dave Roberts said of Ryu, now in his second healthy season after missing two years with injuries. "For him to start a season as a regular player, healthy, he's very motivated and confident. This has been huge for our staff."

"I think we probably had a decent approach, but the way he kept going back and forth kept us off balance just enough," said Washington catcher Matt Wieters. "He threw a great game, and Stras was battling pitch for pitch and gave us a chance to win. We just couldn't quite mount any kind of rally."

Sharing the pitching spotlight with Ryu was closer , who looks like he's finally ready to roll, judging by a sudden jump in velocity to 96 mph against the Nationals after hovering around 91 previously.

"He's on a mission to get back," said Roberts.

Jansen concedes his semi-vacation during Spring Training, designed to preserve him for late in the year after last year's grueling campaign, might have under-prepared him for the start of the season.

"I'm good now," said Jansen. "Maybe the season starts for me. Seriously, I just continue and focus and stay on it. This game teaches you, sometimes you can get in bad habits so quick. I never stop believing in myself, no matter the outcome."