"I wish the outcome could have been better, but I'll just go back and keep fighting," Ryu said. "I definitely felt the pressure. It was the first time I felt that in a very long time."
He got just two flyouts and worked hard to get out of other jams. The Dodgers' defense helped him, too, turning three double plays. He retired the side in the sixth.
"He induced some ground balls and got some big double plays to stop some rallies, but the guys kept grinding and got it done," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Mattingly came to the mound with a translator after Ryu allowed consecutive hits to open the seventh. After a brief conversation, Ryu responded by getting Torres to ground out. However, Mattingly immediately returned to remove him and Ryu walked off the field to loud applause.
The crowd booed when Ryu didn't run out a grounder in the sixth. Pitchers don't hit in South Korea.
"It was embarrassing and I feel I should apologize for that," Ryu said. "That was actually my mistake. Now I know I have to run a lot harder. I learned my lesson."
The Dodgers paid $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with Ryu. If they hadn't reached a deal by the deadline, he would have returned to the KBO's Hanwha Eagles and the Dodgers would have been refunded the posting fee they paid for exclusive rights to negotiate with the 26-year-old pitcher.
Ryu had already pitched at Dodger Stadium during the 2009 World Baseball Classic, when South Korea won a silver medal.
NOTES: Romo has converted 10 straight save opportunities dating to last season. ... The Dodgers turned four double plays in the game. ... Ryu was 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA in 190 career games over seven seasons in the KBO. He won the league's strikeout title — his fifth — last season with 210 Ks in 182 2-3 innings. ... Ryu is the fourth South Korean to play for the team. ... Kershaw, who had seven Ks on Monday, has pledged $500 per strikeout this year to his fundraising efforts for three different charities. ... All-Star guard Chris Paul of the Clippers threw out the first pitch, a strike to Matt Kemp. Then it was 3-year-old Chris II's turn. Kemp shortened up the distance considerably and the younger Paul tossed the ball to him. Cued by his dad, little Chris told the crowd, "It's time for Dodger baseball."
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