Originally posted on Dodgers Digest  |  Last updated 7/2/14
As far as “pitchers helping themselves” go, I’m not sure you’re going to do much better than Clayton Kershaw hitting a homer to break a 0-0 tie while pitching a shutout on Opening Day last year. (Well, recently, anyway. If we’re going back into history, Tony Cloninger driving in nine on two homers and a single while pitching a complete game in 1966 is pretty much the best thing ever.) But Hyun-jin Ryu sure did his best today, even though it sure looked like this was going to be a nondescript Dodger loss after he allowed a two-run homer to Ryan Raburn in the fourth inning to open the scoring. In the bottom of the fifth, Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer, who had more or less been cruising to that point, having allowed only singles to A.J. Ellis and Ryu, retired Scott Van Slyke and Carlos Triunfel around a Miguel Rojas single. Ryu stepped in, and on the second pitch he saw, doubled to left center, scoring Rojas. As Vin Scully repeatedly reminded us, had Bauer merely retired his opposite number
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