In the sixth inning of his greatly anticipated major league debut, Hyun-Jin Ryu was booed at home after he loafed to first base on a groundout.
Minutes later, Ryu received a partial standing ovation from the Dodger Stadium faithful as he departed with the Dodgers trailing in what became a 3-0 loss to the rival Giants.
That summed up Tuesday night for the most celebrated pitcher to come from Korea in more than 20 years: not great, not awful, but oddly memorable and – above all – quite promising.
Statistically speaking, the results were mixed: Ryu allowed 10 hits but only one earned run in 6-1/3 innings, thanks to three well-timed double plays. A skeptic would say Ryu was lucky to escape trouble so often. I, for one, think the left-hander showed Buehrle-esque savvy despite lacking an effective curveball. "A guy that knows what he's doing," manager Don Mattingly said, in a tone that suggested he will be able to trust Ryu without necessarily understanding his methods.
We should be ...