Dodgers hurler Hyun-Jin Ryu followed up Sunday's no-hitter from Josh Beckett by tossing seven perfect innings to begin Monday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. The streak actually began Saturday night when Paul Maholm held the Philadelphia Phillies without a hit in the bottom of the eighth inning in an eventual 5-3 Phillies victory.
Ryu had a perfect game going through the first seven innings of Monday's contest until Reds third baseman Todd Frazier led off the top of the eighth with a double down the third base line. Cincinnati went on to score three runs in the inning, all of which were charged to Ryu.
Reds outfielder Chris Heisey hit a sacrifice fly off of the South Korean pitcher, then reliever Brian Wilson allowed both of Ryu's inherited runners to score. Closer Kenley Jansen ended the threat with a four-out save in the 4-3 victory.
Prior to Frazier's double, Maholm had allowed the last hit to a Dodgers opponent, a two-out single by Phillies outfielder Ben Revere in the seventh inning of Saturday's game.
According to Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN, the 17 innings of hitless pitching matched the longest such streak in Major League Baseball since the Dodgers' crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Angels, accomplished the same feat on May 1-3, 2012. As one might expect, the Angels' 17-inning run also included a no-hitter, one courtesy of long-time staff ace Jered Weaver.