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Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu gets roughed up by Giants in 8-4 loss

Yasiel Puig was late for batting practice and scratched from the lineup, but he wasnt the reason the Dodgers were crushed Friday in their home opener by the San Francisco Giants.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was.
The pitcher the Dodgers leaned on most in the aftermath of Clayton Kershaws back injury, Ryu lasted only two innings and gave up every one of the runs scored by the Giants in an 8-4 defeat at Dodger Stadium.
BOX SCORE: Giants 8, Dodgers 4
This was the very antithesis of the first game here last season, when Kershaw not only pitched a shutout against the Giants but also hit a home run in a 1-0 victory.
I disappointed the fans and also my teammates, said Ryu, who pitched a combined 12 shutout innings in his first two starts.
For the month or so that Kershaw is on the disabled list, the Dodgers cant afford to have many more starts like this from Ryu or Zack Greinke, who will face the Giants in the series finale Sunday. Kershaws absence has already forced the Dodgers to tap into their pitching reserves. Veteran left-hander Paul Maholm, who was signed to be the teams sixth starter, will take the mound Saturday.
That Ryu was in trouble early Friday wasnt particularly surprising, as his first-inning earned-run average last season was 5.10. What was surprising was that he couldnt make the bleeding stop.
Ryu retired the first two batters he faced, only to walk No. 3 hitter Pablo Sandoval.
Two-out walk, catcher A.J. Ellis said. Sometimes it will come back to haunt you and sometimes in a big way.
Did it ever.
Eight consecutive batters after Sandoval reached base, and the Giants took a 6-0 lead in what turned into a 37-pitch inning for Ryu.
Ryu wasnt entirely to blame. Matt Kemp allowed Michael Morse to take an extra base when he failed to cleanly field his single to center field. Dee Gordon and Adrian Gonzalez lost a popup in the sun, resulting in a double for Brandon Hicks. With the bases loaded, a backtracking Hanley Ramirez couldnt catch a flare into shallow left-center field by pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
We didnt do him any favors defensively, either, Ellis said.
The Giants extended their lead to 8-0 in the second inning, in which Ryu threw 32 more pitches. Manager Don Mattingly wouldnt let him throw any more.
As it was, Ryu was starting for the third time in six games for the Dodgers.
An entire week separated Ryus starts in Australia and San Diego. But even when the typically durable Kershaw was healthy, the Dodgers were determined not to subject their ace to this kind of workload, especially because the team had a shortened spring-training camp to facilitate the Australia trip.
For his part, Ryu claimed to be unaffected by the condensed camp or making his third start so soon.
Whatever the case, Mattingly made it sound as if the Dodgers would use their two days off next week to give Ryu extra days of rest before his next start.
The Dodgers have a day off Monday. They plan to start Dan Haren on Tuesday in the first game of a two-game series against the Detroit Tigers. They had Josh Beckett lined up to start Wednesday, which meant Ryu wouldnt have had to make his next start until the Dodgers play Friday in Arizona.
However, Beckett appeared to be injured Friday night in his start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Beckett, who is on the disabled list with a sprained thumb, left the game in the fifth inning with a trainer by his side after fielding a bunt, according to a scout on site who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
Chad Billingsley is also working his way back to the major leagues, but wont be available for at least another month.
Billingsley, who underwent reconstructive elbow last year, is scheduled to pitch Sunday at Rancho Cucamonga. The game will be the first of five Billingsley will pitch in the minor leagues. He said that if he emerges from his start Sunday without any problems, he will pitch two games for triple-A Albuquerque, then two more for Rancho Cucamonga. He will pitch every five days.
Considering the gravity of the operation from which Billingsley is recovering, he said he wont return prematurely.
Whenever I feel Im ready, Ill be back, he said. Whenever they feel Im ready too.
dylan.hernandez@latimes.com
Twitter: @dylanohernandez
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